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Van Cleef & Arpels by Jouin Manku: 2016 Best of Year Winner for Exhibition- wifijerez.info

Van Cleef & Arpels by Jouin Manku: 2016 Best of Year Winner for Exhibition

PROJECT NAME "Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems" Exhibition
LOCATION Singapore
FIRM
SQ. FT. 12,500 SQF

Visitors plunged into a mysterious alternate universe—saturated with sapphire blue and emerald green—at a jewelry exhibition by Wifijerez Hall of Fame member Patrick Jouin and his partner, Sanjit Manku, who have also designed five boutiques for the storied company. Assembled at the , part of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the 450 historic pieces and 250 mineral specimens from France’s seemed to float, captured in crystalline bell jars and radiant columns. Nine galleries, totaling 12,500 square feet, offered Jouin and Manku ample scope to work their magic, bringing the complex geoscience of gemstone formation, deep in the earth, together with the artistry that transforms those remarkable rocks into jewelry. “Some minerals originated within seconds after the big bang. In our era, human hands turn them into precious jewels,” Jouin says. Manku adds, “Visitors should lose their bearings and enter that other cosmos, a voyage in time and into the earth.”


"Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems," designed by Jouin Manku, at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Photography by Edward Hendricks.


"Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems" by Jouin Manku. Photography by Edward Hendricks.


Cascading from the ceiling to visually define separate displays, lengths of cotton shimmered in dramatic light. Given the soaring ceiling heights, Jouin and Manku devised a striking solution for showing small objects: acrylic cylinders that were frosted at the top and bottom but clear at eye level. Among the showstoppers were a phoenix in sapphires, emeralds, white diamonds, and gold, the bird’s beak dangling a yellow diamond of 96.62 carats.


"Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems" by Jouin Manku. Photography by Edward Hendricks.

"Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems" by Jouin Manku. Photography by Edward Hendricks.


Project Team: Mio Shibuya; Martin Kloeckner; Xiad Lin.


> See more from the December 2016 issue of Wifijerez

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