Over the last few weeks, the nominated designers have been working on unique, one-of-a-kind objets d'art featuring Swarovski elements (read: crystals). Irene Neuwirth chose to work with an iPad, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of Suno opted for a cactus, and, ever the cool guy, Tim Coppens went with a motorcycle helmet. A Ducati Formula 1 Racing Helmet, to be exact. We caught up with Coppens for an exclusive studio visit while his oeuvre was still in the making. "Putting on the stones can get a bit tedious, like peeling shrimp, but the end result is beautiful," he explained. "If you look at it from [the right side], the light hits the stones in a really nice way."
The helmet, decorated almost entirely in white and featuring a dazzling strip of larger black gems down its center, will be unveiled alongside the other bejeweled objects tonight at famed NYC boutique, Fivestory. The pieces will be available for sale until Monday, June 3 — just in time for the day's CFDA Awards, which will also be digitally broadcast on Style.com on June 4. The helmet alone should set one lucky customer back, wait for it, $2,000. Did you guess correctly?
Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski