Artist-jeweller collaboration


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  • Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011

SUEN Jewellers unveiled an exclusive jewellery piece created in collaboration with Malaysian artist Eng Tay at the opening of their new signature gallery in Bangsar.

The bangle, which was inspired by a signature design created by world famous Eng Tay, was unveiled to a captive audience of loyal Suen customers and the media last Wednesday.

The limited edition jewellery piece, called Mystique, brings together Eng Tay’s passion for the simple yet stylish with Suen’s vision for timeless and culturally infused pieces.

This vision was what first led to Suen Jeweller’s partnership with the New York-based artist.

Suen Jewellers founder and managing director Lee Sze Suen described Tay’s work as lyrical, mysterious, exotic and nostalgic.

Tay said he wanted to create a design that was in keeping with Suen’s branding and style complimented by his own flair.

“The collaboration between myself and Suen is about elegance, simplicity and style,” Tay said.

“I have a fondness for the simple and timeless things in life and that includes my taste in jewellery.

“I think this collection manages to capture everything Suen clients love, with a twist from the art world.”

His design was inspired by years of travelling, during which he noticed there were universal aspects to every culture such as playing music, family interactions and daily rituals.

Tay wanted to bring this universality into his concept for Suen so that the piece would speak to every person no matter where they came from.

The artist said he had always liked to make people look beautiful and the colloboration had given him the opportunity to do that.

“Many years ago, when I was younger, I wanted to be a hairdresser so I’ve always had that interest in making people look beautiful,’ he said.

The artist has lived and worked in New York for more than 40 years but still feels maintaining the link with his home country is very important.

“It is always wonderful as an artist to broaden your range and challenge yourself in new media,” he said.

“It’s also very exciting and important for me to work with other Malaysians in whatever capacity possible.

“Collaboration gives rise to new roads that as individuals, we might never travel.”

Wednesday’s unveiling was the first time Tay had seen the bangle in person.

“I’m very happy with how it has turned out,” Tay said. “This is my first time collaborating with Suen but I hope we can do it again.”

Only three mystique bangles are available in Malaysia, one each made from yellow gold, rose gold and white gold.

They are available exclusively from Suen Jeweller’s new signature gallery in Bangsar which opened last Wednesday.

It houses the Suen brand, The Love Diamond and the Lalique and Daum classic brands.

Suen Jewellers is an evolution of The Carat Club which occupied the building in Jalan Maarof for 10 years.

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