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Van Cleef & Arpels x goop: An Afternoon of
Diamonds & Decoupage

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Since its start in 1906, Parisian jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels has made gem-encrusted animals—horses, parrots, elephants—a central trope in its collections. And this year, with L’Arche de Noé, they’ve literally doubled down on the concept: Pairs of jewel-laden animals from the ark, including pink flamingos, polar bears, and ring-tailed lemurs, turns out in jewels like diamonds, lapis, and coral. The collection, created in conjunction with set designer Robert Wilson—on view in Chelsea until November 19—has been traveling the globe, and with it children’s workshops, staged in conjunction with L’École: The School of Jewelry Arts. We partnered with them on an adorable afternoon party to celebrate the collection where littles walked the exhibit for inspiration before sitting down to paint and bejewel their own, no-less-precious creatures.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Our hosts, goop’s Elise
    Loehnen and stylist
    Elle Strauss.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    The fruits of the kiddos’
    labor on display.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Max getting tips from
    professional storyteller,
    Chris the exhibition docent.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Elle and her little critters.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Look, but
    don’t touch.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Nothing cuter than a
    little in an artist’s smock.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    A helping hand
    from mom.

  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage
  • VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage

    Teeny artists
    in training.

SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO:
Partner: Van Cleef & Arpels; Hosts: Elise Loehnen, Elle Strauss; Cookies: Sogi’s Bake House;
Photographer: Joy Kim; Water Bowls: Willful; Kids Aprons: Ticklish Kids; Canvas /Paintings: Ellen Weldon Design
VCA x goop: An Afternoon of Diamonds & Decoupage L’Arche de Noé
547 W. 26th St., Chelsea | no phone

For its new L’Arche de Noé (Noah’s Ark) collection, French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels tapped famed theater director Robert Wilson (“Madama Butterfly,” “Einstein on the Beach”) to transform the Cedar Lake performance space in Chelsea into a cabinet of curiosities. Here, more than 60 jeweled brooches—everything from diamond-studded lapis lazuli elephants to zebras with onyx-and-diamond stripes are on display. Interestingly, Wilson reduces the Ark—the biggest object in the story—to a minimal, white wooden version, which is suspended from the ceiling. The exhibit is on view through November 19th, and there’s also a series of arts & crafts programming for littles, including a make-your-own-treasure chest workshop taught by instructors from Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. (Events are free and open to the public, but advanced reservations are required.)
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