On street jewellery

Bike bell by Friso Dijkstra

Bike bell by Friso Dijkstra

The exquisit shop of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam offers a wide range of interesting design (and books). So when the earbuds of my Ipod got whacked I found perfect new ones there with pearls. Whenever I use them they evoke funny reactions of friends, colleagues and even total strangers -especially when I ride my bike-. A brilliant advantage aside from it’s beauty is that the wire of these earphones doesn’t get mixed up like traditional unadorned ones do.

So when my bike bell was broken I went straight to the Stedelijk to treat myself with a wonderful gold facetted bell. The designer Friso Dijkstra was the winner with this The Ring To It Bike Bell of the Dutch Design Challenge 2014.

My partner warned me several times not to use this gadget on my bike because it would make my -rather unattractive- two wheels too fancy for thieves. Today I tried -totally ignoring the advice of my beloved- to install the new bell. Unfortunately the bike bell wasn’t fit to be mounted on my pretty average bike; the tube of the handlebar was too thick. The plastics of the bell didn’t seem to be that sustainebale anyhow. No problem; the piece can be enjoyed on my desk as well. Pity though not to fulfill the desire of Isabella van den Bos who stated in her recent column Street jewellery to love to see more jewellery in the streets. I’ll ask Kikkerland, the producer of the bell, to make the bell realityproof so it can be used and seen.

Another good place to enjoy jewellery out of it’s regular context is the CODA museum in Apeldoorn. Until the 28th of August Evert Nijlands work is shown amidst other contemporary art disciplines in the exhibition called Renewed past.