Atelier Ted Noten – ‘100 Pieces’, Mercedes-Benz E-Class 210

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Ted Noten –

Ted was born in Tegelen, The Netherlands in 1956. In his early adult life he explored various jobs, such as bricklaying and nursing, before finding his way to the Academy for Applied Arts in Maastricht in 1983 and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1986.

From there he built an international reputation for jewelry design, and since 2005, has created unique, often controversial designs from his Amsterdam-based studio Atelier Ted Noten.

Ted holds a Senior International Research Fellow position in the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University in England, and his wry and witty work has been presented in a variety of museums and galleries around the world.

Jewelry designer Ted Noten (1956) is well-known for his cheeky pieces of jewelry. Are they wearable? Not necessarily. Are they provocative? Absolutely. Noten: I make jewellery that takes some time getting used to. When you wear it, you make yourself vulnerable as it makes such a striking statement. I speak out through my jewellery and objects. I comment upon jewellery as a phenomenon, upon the industry or ” like any artist ” upon humanity.

Process

Noten used a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class 210, he drew and cut out simple templates for the shapes of the brooches and marked them on a large image of the car, which inturn was printed onto another piece of the cars bodywork. Then using a hard circular saw and bracket cut out the simple geometric shapes. These are then smoothed down and attached to a pin or such. A logo, number and date are then printined in the same way as the car, onto the cut piece of bodywork.

The unique shape of the Merc is kept as the brooches are cut from different areas. he reasons that this way anybody can own a piece of a brand new mercades-benz.

Desconstruct

The Mercedes Brooch is made from steel parts cut from the body of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class 210 model luxury car. Noten started this project in 2001 with his work 100 Pieces in which he took a section of a new car and divided it into 100 fragments, each unique in size and form. That way the brooch wearer could become part owner of a new Mercedes-Benz. Noten followed it up in 2003 with a different car. In 2007 and 2008 he just used the hood. The 2001 brooches are white, the 2003 red. Priced at €200.00 a piece

Original use of Materials

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 210 model luxury car, driving

How treated / transformed

I presume they would have been treated to get rid of the cut edges and to protect these exposed areas from the elements, possible a thin lacke layer, much like how a car is treated.

Critique

Ted Noten goes beyond jewelry, he breaks the rules. I really love the idea behind these pieces, €200 and you can own a piece of a new merc. Not only that but its using a non standard material. While in itself the value is also held by the metal, and the car. I think they look very stylish and modern.

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