Versatile Bijouterie: One Necklace, Endless Variations

Ministry of Design has collaborated with Bynd Artisans to create a customisable and covetable necklace

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The tuxedo’s classic sartorial suaveness has inspired the design of a newly launched, highly customisable necklace. Singaporean architecture and interior design firm Ministry of Design (MOD) and stationery specialists Bynd Artisan have collaborated to create CODE, a wearable, leather collection that encourages the wearer to dress —  and live — by their own code. ‘The tuxedo is a classic fashion item that has stood the test of time. This is how we see Code, distinctive like the lapels of a tuxedo and never going out of style,’ Colin Seah, founder and design director of MOD explains.

The creative teams from MOD and Bynd Artisan designed this experimental piece, which can be configured in a wide range of looks, using a single angular leather module as the starting point of the design. The designers envisaged the necklace as a system of creations rather than a singular creation, which blurs the line between apparel and accessory, and gives the wearer the power to adapt it according to their style. ‘The notion of using one building block to create a multitude of different designs appealed to us as architects and interior designers,’ Seah explains.

The launch edition of CODE is based on a six-module composition available in three different colourways: black, pastel and metallic. To celebrate the launch, CODE invited six talented women to share their personal ‘life codes’ and pose for a series of images with them wearing their unique adaptations of the accessory.

MOD work across multiple scales, from large-scale architectural work to a more intimate scale that can be worn on the body. ‘We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they’re created or perceived, redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project,’ Seah says of the collaboration with Bynd Artisan, a local experiential lifestyle retailer in Singapore. The MOD team collaborated with Bynd artisans at their Holland Village workshop to make the hand-crafted design.

The creatives behind this architectural accessory describes its purpose best: ‘Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising yet relevant; distinctly local but still globally appealing.’

Text / Babette Radclyffe-Thomas
Images / Courtesy of Ministry of Design

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