Today, we launched our newest store based on the concept, “Rock Paper Silk,” a celebration of contemporary design, historic techniques, and raw materials. Located on the south side of The Met Fifth Avenue’s Great Hall, the store seeks to explore the possibilities of materials – stone, metal, glass, wood, and silk – as demonstrated by present-day artists and craftspeople along with new and beloved The Met-branded product.
Featuring a blockbuster 800 products in total, the shop showcases pieces sourced from around the world, tying them back to a range of artistic techniques showcased within the Museum’s collection that spans 5,000 years of culture, including jewelry, accessories, scarves, books, home accessories, toys, and stationery. The prices range from $2 for a pocket charm up to $1,250 for our high-end jewelry by Italian designer Monica Castiglioni.
The Met Store’s General Manager of Store Environment, Erin Thompson, who designed the store remarks, “I was inspired by materials within The Met’s famous Great Hall. Product is positioned on monolithic architectural benches that were specially designed for the space, allowing us to juxtapose new product against the backdrop of the Museum’s collection, creating synergy between our products and the environment they inhabit.”
This synergy between old and new is expressed through in-store signage noting the ties between techniques, materials, and the locations around the globe in which the products were created, linking to current exhibitions or pieces from the Museum’s collection. Visitors are encouraged to visit different locations throughout the building in order to explore the evolution of the aesthetics and techniques employed by artisans to create our products. Susan Noonan, The Met Store’s General Manager of Buying, notes, “In selecting the designers and craftspeople to be featured in our Rock Paper Silk concept store, I wanted to create a range of products that felt modern, tactile, and desirable, while at the same time paying respect to the history of the fundamental craft techniques employed to create them and the way those techniques have evolved over time. We are proud to be supporting a group of established and up-and-coming creative people from around the world through this unique assortment of products, while also encouraging our customers to explore our collections on a deeper level.”
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Select products from the store will launch online early in May. Visit us in-store until then or shop a selection of our most loved products at http://store.metmuseum.org