Atelier Ted Noten Seven Necessities

Published: 26.07.2011

Previews of Seven Necessities by Ted Noten were presented in May 2011 at Collect London with Rob Koudijs gallery and in June 2011 at Design Miami/Basel with Ornamentum Gallery.

Ted Noten has come up with a survival pack which he believes contains everything a woman may need, under any imaginable circumstance, in order to 'be her own man' without forfeiting her femininity. Sexism? For those who know Noten's defiant designs it will be instantly clear that the designer enjoys provocation and that irony is his weapon of choice.

The set consists of 7 characteristically feminine necessities, including a purse, a bracelet, a pair of sunglasses and a chastity belt. Upon closer inspection, these turn out to be highly ingenious systems whose secret compartments are used for storing basic things such as lipsticks or tampons, but also nasty weapons.The objects have been produced using a method called 'rapid prototyping': a 3D-printer that transforms a computer-drawn shape into a physical object in cheap nylon – so far the most widely used material in rapid prototyping. The details however, often hidden away in an extending compartment, reveal that Noten has also used precious and more traditional materials, including silver, gold, and precious stones.

With his mix of basic necessities with unanticipated weapons, and of cheap materials with precious metals, Noten keeps wrong-footing his audiences. The fact that every little detail has been executed with painstaking craftsmanship further contributes to the confusion. In the realm of feminine vanity, refinement is a highly favoured attribute. In the realm of bloodthirsty malevolence, such refinement is the very thing that serves to tone down the inevitable promise a weapon holds. Women on the warpath: they will seduce you with their deadly appeal.

The full Seven Necessities collection will be presented this fall!