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The Brand and the Designer

le bibelot is the design 'nom de guerre' of New York-based designer, Lyndon Byrthen, who is dedicated to the art of modern fine jewelry. This choice entertains a certain humor - le bibelot accessories make grand statements through their daringness in taste, despite being small objects of curiosity, beauty and rarity. And this design 'nom de guerre' conveniently contracts to the designer's initials.

le bibelot's aesthetics reflect his diverse background, and eclectic personal taste. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute and a Master's in Computer Science from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

le bibelot's Design Philosophy and Aesthetics

His designs are both rare and delightfully shocking. Normally incongruous elements blend so harmoniously in his finished pieces. They have been described as modern, futuristic, classical and traditional. Indeed, all these observations are not far from the mark.

Cathedral Necklace - Saul Bell Award winner
Cathedral Brooch

le bibelot's concepts are first realized into designs on his computer and then via 3-D printing, materialized into physical prototypes. Technology has made this seamless transferring of ideas from the designer's mind to production, possible. le bibelot's designs reflect his ease and and familiarity with technology. But it was initially the charms of laborious and painstaking traditional craftsmanship and techniques that captivated his passion. During his studies in sculpture, le bibelot acquired his penchant for ancient Greek and Etruscan jewelry; and through affinity, works by 19th century revivalist Jewelers Castellani and Giuliano, who emulated styles of antiquity. le bibelot spent countless hours mastering some of the oldest metalworking techniques that harked back to two millenniums ago.

Technical rendering from the design of Hive Dome Ring
Technical rendering of a design in perspective view

Though deeply enamored with the achievements of the ancient, le bibelot became more fascinated with the streamlined beauty of modern design and the more sophisticated philosophy behind it. Isamu Noguchi and other modernist sculptors were le bibelot's subjects of intense interest. The focused attention paid to the most subtle balances in form and shape is quite evident in le bibelot's pieces.

The advent of the 3D prototyping technology again captured le bibelot's imagination and ultimately afforded him the facility to designs that were previously impossible. But the arrival of this completely new medium, like its predecessors, was fraught with new challenges. The adoption of unwieldy new tools often impact design in unintentional ways. The limitations and the advantages of a technology tend to steer design towards a singular direction and may result in works that speak more of the process than a designer's voice. Fortunately, le bibelot's previous engagement as a craftsman and his familiarity with the digital world, have led him to a unique workflow that allows him to temper technology and still use craft to create his originalities.

Synthetic gems

Synthetic gems are nature's flawless counterparts since they share identical chemical, optical and physical characteristics. le bibelot's reference to these lab-created marvels is not only due to their availability in color consistency, color choices and sizes which naturally afford a lot creative freedom, but also their conflict-free origins and contribution to reducing mining stress on the environment. Synthetic rubies, sapphires and spinel are le bibelot's staple materials.