Jewelry designer Ted Noten exhibited a collection at Design Miami 2012 he believes includes everything a woman may need in a survival scenario. 7 Necessities is a kit of fashion accessory items such as a purse and sunglasses. Noten also designed a number of ‘exceptional’ items including a chastity belt, beauty mask and a gun. Many reveal their true function through secret compartments which house protection and defense items.
All of the pieces were designed digitally and produced with a 3D printer. Noten and his team hand crafted fine details for each piece out of gold, silver and rare gems. The project shows a new interpretation of traditional female beauty items. Noten mixed digital mass production techniques with handcrafted precious materials to blend the worlds of art and design. With the collection, Noten questions the perception of craftsmanship. Is digital design and production now at a level comparable with traditional handcraft?
The white mask is a replica of the face of Nefertiti (ca. 1350 BC), the Royal wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, who was considered a remarkably beautiful woman. Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, others claim the perception of beauty depends on hard facts, such as the ideal proportions. Noten created a Nefertiti-mask with tiny holes to inject either ‘botox’ of ‘filler’ in the face that hides behind the mask. The injected fluids will subsequently sculpt the face according to the rules of perfect beauty. In case the beautifying operation does not succeed, a golden suicide pill offers a last resort.
Dior 002 Gun
The gun conceals a 4-gigabyte thumb drive for snapshots, personal data and corporate secrets; it also hides a Dior lip-gloss, a sparkling diamond, various white pills and other necessities any worldly woman would like to carry with her.
Chatelaine is French for ‘mistress of the castle’. The word refers to an 18th and 19th century item: women in charge of their estates wore a decorative clip of long chains holding important household items about the waist. Noten’s chatelaine consists of both functional and decorative items, which testify of the present. The woman who wears it can for instance satisfy her hygienic needs, as there is a portable urination device, which allows her to pee while standing up. But there’s more: she can also show off her wealth and status with the credit card fan. In total there are 12 different modular items, which serve to personalise the chatelaine of her dreams.
Noten’s Trophy Helmet is the ultimate showpiece for a woman on the hunt. It represents both her valuable possessions as well as her resolve to obtain them. The beautifully crafted helmet displays the collection of rings, as well as the tools that enabled finding these symbols of eternal love, including a radar device and a telescope.
Chastity belts have conflicting connotations. Their primary purpose seemed to reside in preventing women to engage actively in sexual intercourse. However, some use them to create just the opposite impression. Noten plays with these meanings and asks who should be protected, the wearer or the spectator. Who would fall victim to this masterpiece of seduction? The abundantly decorated chastity belt contains many details, such as a valuable gem and a small video device that presents images of the sea.
Purse of Wonders
In need of the sperm of a whale oil, known for its anti-wrinkle properties? One can find the precious substance in the Purse of Wonders, as well as other wonders, such as lipstick, drug paraphernalia, a wedding ring, and a crystal ball to predict the near future.
Glasses for a Woman on the Warpath
Noten’s spyglasses are the perfect device for a woman on the warpath. The nylon sunglasses contain many hidden compartments, one of the arms houses an aggressive crystal ice pick.
A golden eyebrow completes the story.