If there was one woman who knew how to rock an armful of bangles it was Nancy Cunard. Rebel, activist and society-baiting heiress, Cunard amassed a collection of over 1000 bangles whilst exploring Africa during the 1920s, and she liked nothing better than wearing them in elaborate stacks on both arms.
As a friend (and sometimes lover) of surrealists including Man Ray and Luis Aragon, we think Nancy would have approved of this tongue-in-cheek take on the classic still life which disconcerts as much as it delights.
Against an all white background, each bangle is showcased as a work of art in its own right, transforming the mundane (in this case everyday homewares) into the marvelous.
Punk meets baroque in a black and gold candlestick fashioned from Nicholas King's resin-encased studs topped off with an elaborately monogrammed Chanel cuff.
Next up comes a less than stable lampstand assembled from Belmacz bangles, each one hand carved from wood collected on designer Julia Muggenburg's globetrotting adventures. Sparingly applied gold inlay and a solitary, blink-and-you'll-miss-it diamond are the epitome of refined luxury.
Drama comes courtesy of ghostly bookends bedecked with Erickson Beamon's lavish gem-set cuffs and the graphic silhouettes of Kara Ross' lizard skin bracelets.
Last but by no means least, a vibrant stack of enameled Hermes arm candy puts a modern twist on a traditional petal plucking guessing game. We love it, We love it not. We love it, We love, love, love….