Designing with Vegetable Ivory
My first knowledge of Vegetable Ivory came several years ago when I attended British Fashion Week. There was a German Designer that introduced me to these vibrant bio gems.
There are about 12 species of Vegetable Ivory Palms in the world today, the largest seeds come from the remote village on Pohnpei which is a small island in Micronesia.
After returning from England, I went to the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City where they had a wonderful installation of Vegetable Ivory.
The installation which was called Design for the Living world invited 10 designers to create new OBJECTS from sustainable Materials sourced from around the world. I was very interested in all the designer but intriqued with the beautiful work of Ted Muehling who had created a wonderful display of jewelry, using vegetable ivory from Micronesia.
Ted Muehling is known for his rigorously observed jewelry and objects, whose spare lines are drawn from the natural world. Muehling traveled to the Pacific Ocean island of Pohnpei with the Nature Conservancy and created a series of jewelry pieces using sustainably harvested vegetable ivory and black pearls.