Tiffany & Co. has announced the opening of its Jewelry Design and Innovation Workshop, a 17,000-square-foot space not far from its Manhattan office at 200 Fifth Avenue.
The workshop is intended to bring designers, jewelers, engineers and quality experts together for streamlined collaboration in one advanced location.
“The workshop was created to facilitate robust prototyping in the early design stages, which allows development speed and flexibility,” said Dana Naberezny, vice president of the Jewelry Design and Innovation Workshop. “We have direct communication in real time, and we’ve removed organizational barriers, so internal colleagues and outside suppliers can work collaboratively to explore new materials, technology and processes to fasten the pace of innovation.”
The space is an open-plan design with custom-produced mobile desk units so colleagues can congregate on a project-to-project need.
Microscopes and various measuring equipment in the facility are synced with audio visual systems that allow for communication with suppliers and Tiffany partners.
Glass dividers encourage the open, collaborative environment, which features a dedicated workshop for prototyping and 18 jewelers’ benches.
Adding to its functionality, the area has 3-D printers, laser welders, polishing stations, lathes and metal working equipment and an annealing station.