From our Greatest Hits: a video profile of Tucker Robbins. Produced by William Geddes.
Only in the realm of art and magic can opposites such as the brute and gold coexist. Reconciled through the noble hands of artist and artisans that for generations have shaped the earth’s rawest and roughest layers into beautiful ornaments and decorations. A roughing that gives way to new life. One where the Brute and the Gold coexist as part of creation. There’s beauty in both.
Standing in the middle of a cedar forest, Espen’s rough-hewn totems stare back at the firing pits of the Inca where the Gold Ceramic Bangles are now being made. The same gold that Olivia rubs and shapes into iconic shapes of wax and graphite that now grace our walls.
On a more personal level it has always been my sister - Claire Miner - design collaborator and closest friend, who’s bruted down some of my rougher edges, by incorporating a feminine touch into my collections.
These are all references of a refinement that is to me an acknowledgment of the forces of nature, a reference to civilization, to the interconnectedness that brings us together. Gold, wax, totems, circles, relationships and story telling.
Where we come and where we’re going… the circle of life.
One day my friend Tucker Robbins called me, sounding like a kid who had just discovered fireflies and said, “Sara, you’ll never guess who I met on the train home to New York from Washington, DC!”. He explained that he had met an extremely charming young Arab man named Hussain Al Amry, who is the host of a program called ‘Million’s Poet’, a popular TV show in the Arabian World.
So how did I meet Tucker? We seem to always be answering that question. In the Spring of 2001 … After rounding a corner somewhere in the never-never land that is the Sands Convention Center, I spied an interesting booth. Inhabiting it were the sorts of pieces that are illustrated here–plus an egg shaped stool carved from Acacia wood here, a Spider’s Nest (who knew what a spider’s nest was in 2001?) there. I was instantly transfixed–nobody else was showing anything remotely similar.
Though Emilio Pucci’s artistic director reportedly flies back and forth between Paris and Florence for work everyday, Peter Dundas still keeps a pretty impressive pad near the Pucci headquarters just in case. Seen here is the gorgeous wooden staircase in his 15th-century palazzo apartment. Now that’s something we wish we could find on eBay.
(Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar. Text by Jenny Bahn)