Michael Stipe x Maison Martin Margiela

Did you know that Mr, Stipe, frontman of shiny, happy rock band REM was also a sculptor? No, neither did I, although Stipe’s exhibition of cast bronze sculptures at the Rogan Boutique in June last year would say otherwise. Embracing this lesser-known cultural output of his is Belgian label Maison Martin Margiela, for whom Stipe has created this metal cassette-tape accessory.

Apparently part accessory, part ‘objet d’art’ that fits in nicely with MMM’s ‘found art’ perspective on design, no doubt aping the likes of Marcel Duchamp, this mini tape comes complete with a tape band that doubles as a chain. Can be wrapped up and used as a bracelet, or a necklace, or whatever the hell you want to have a metal tape hanging off. Limited to just 199 pieces, odds are these will become collector’s items very quickly. Available from Maison Martin Margiela boutiques and select retailers.




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