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Most people know her as a jewelry designer, but Jill Platner has also been a die hard scavenger for most of her life. She is that really fortunate kind of person to whom good things just appear, seemingly out of thin air.
With her bold and sculptural jewelry sold in boutiques world-wide (as well as her own downtown Manhattan shop) and seen on such luminaries as Cindy Sherman and Jackie Chan, you might expect her apartment to be one of those ultra-slick pristine places you see in the movies. Instead it feels more like an exotic country barn filled with all kinds of handmade and scavenged objects, complete with hammocks hanging from the ceiling and an open kitchen (when she’s not making art, she’s making delicious food!)
Having lived on the same block on the border of NYC’s SoHo since the early 90’s, the list of amazing treasures Jill has found just waiting to be salvaged on the neighboring corners is endless. A huge tree cut into beautiful shapes made it’s way to her store to be used as a display. An old wooden cart becomes a coffee table, vintage office chairs are ingeniously used as… well… chairs. In fact there are so many amazing street finds in Jill’s home-studio and store, that when we caught up with her in the bustling studio space beneath her store, she was hard pressed to pick a favorite.
“I think probably the most useful things I’ve found have been these cabinets. I just walked out of my crib one night and there they were! I use so many tiny pieces and tools and wires in my work, these are ideal for keeping things organized. Otherwise everything would just be in a huge tangled mess. This neighborhood has cleaned up in the past few years, so cool street finds are harder to come by, though I still keep my eyes peeled. Back in the day, people were leaving amazing beautiful objects on the street all the time. I’m just happy I was around to save so many of them from becoming garbage.”
And so are we!
Want more? For an inside look into Jill’s artistic process, check out this great video from Cool Hunting:
And speaking of amazing beautiful objects, Jill Platner is having her first solo show of her kinetic sculpture this week in New York City.
Jill Platner Sculpture Exhibit
111 Crosby Street (between Houston and Prince)
May 4 – May 31 2011
Opening reception Wednesday, May 4, 6 to 8 pm
For more info, go to: jillplatnersculpture.com