Monday, November 23, 2009

Michael Stipe X Margiela

In 2008, Michael Stipe debuted his first sculpture show, Rogan Versus Stipe, at New York City's Rogan store. The show introduced the R.E.M. frontman's fascination with the speed in which technology outdates itself and featured bronze casts of Poloroid and Diane cameras and a radio alarm clock. A year later, Stipe continues to explore this concept through his recent collaboration with Belgian label Maison Martin Margiela. An undeniably cool pairing, the result is a series of microcassettes perfectly cast in 925 sterling silver. While the microcassettes are intricate and wearable, they are neither jewelry, nor art, but whatever you want them to be. Is it a necklace? Sure. A very fancy paperweight? That too. With only 199 made, the microcassettes are perfect for collectors and fans and come packaged in a perfect-bound, signed and handmade notebook with a black ribbon attached to resemble the tape. It also comes with a leather string you can use to wear the piece. De-vine! Find them at Margiela stores worldwide and selected concept stores. The price is yet to be announced.


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