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2013

  • Work on this object began.

2016

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Dekorationswut Ring, 2013

This is a Ring. It was designed by Helen Britton. It is dated 2013 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is oxidized silver, swarovski chain, lacquer. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Part of Britton's Dekorationswut series (roughly translated as "decoration rage"), this ring is constructed with materials associated with costume jewelry. Britton states that "it is always challenging to give materials that are associated with...costume jewelry (chains, mirrors, plastics) a new life that references their history and celebrates popular culture, yet moves beyond the usual, to question our values...."

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This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Ring
  • Overall: 2.4 x 2 x 2.4 cm (15/16 x 13/16 x 15/16 in.).
  • Gift of Sally Steinbach Israel in memory of her mother, Fredricka Friedman....
  • 1997-146-6

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 5.5 × 5 × 4.5 cm (2 3/16 × 1 15/16 × 1 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Applied metal disc between components on ring interior, stamped with cipher

Cite this object as

Dekorationswut Ring, 2013; Designed by Helen Britton (Australian, b. 1966); oxidized silver, swarovski chain, lacquer; H x W x D: 5.5 × 5 × 4.5 cm (2 3/16 × 1 15/16 × 1 3/4 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-13

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