Ted Noten is not an out-and-out jewellery designer. He moves along the periphery of the trade, often entering into relationships with other disciplines and allowing himself to be inspired by whatever he comes across. This book is the product of that. It is exhaustive TN. There is a TN picture archive, a TN atlas, a TN catalogue overview and at the back a TN yellow pages, with a list of everyone who has contributed to the development of TN, whether on a professional or friendly basis or as a colleague.
It looks as if the designer must have had to take a subservient role, but where he did have to act he has done so with conviction. Despite the overwhelming quantity of material it is still a wonderful, lucid book. Certainly it is trendy, but the choices made are all relevant.
For example, the use of the small text leaves inserted between the sections is no mere modish whim. The texts are highly varied in character and would otherwise have been snowed under.