Design Museum Den Bosch is showing a selection this summer from the extensive body of jewellery created by Hans Appenzeller (74), who has been active as a designer for over 54 years. He and Lous Martin founded the very first jewellery gallery – Galerie Sieraad – in 1969 and he has run his own shop and studio in Amsterdam since 1974. In 1983, Appenzeller opened galleries on New York’s Madison Avenue, and West Broadway. It was there that he heard a customer asking, ‘does it do anything for me?’ – a comment that made him realize the symbiosis between jewellery and the person wearing it. Appenzeller is retiring this year and is due to close his shop and studio in Amsterdam.
Does it do anything for me? presents a selection of jewellery from the generous donation of 300 items from Appenzeller’s archive, complemented by pieces from the museum’s own collection and a number of private loans. It is an intimate presentation in which exceptional designs are intertwined with personal stories and original visual and archive material.