Hyperallergic – February 22, 2018

Hyperallergic Article:

Artists and Designers Tell New Stories of Old Silver

by Sarah Archer

The Hyperallergic article”Artists and Designers Tell New Stories of Old Silver” by Sarah Archer features the silver “Pillinger” Kaminer Haislip and Constantin Boym collaborated on for the Museum of the City of New York exhibition New York Silver: Then and Now. See below for excepts from Hyperallergic’s online article and click on the link at the bottom to view the entire article.

“The difference between these two high-profile silver endeavors is that while Tiffany’s tips its hat to Pop Art with a Warholian copy-and-paste premise, New York Silver: Then and Now mines history to produce something totally original. The artists and designers in the Museum of the City of New York show have explored the silver objects of another world — that of New York of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and thoughtfully interpreted their forms to speak to contemporary concerns. Doing so in a precious metal, the material of heirlooms and presentation vases, gives the effort the respect it’s due.”

“It’s not an accident that silver makes us think of grandma, whether or not our own personal grandmas actually collected, used, or displayed silver — most of them may not have. But grandmothers are culturally coded as the keepers of domestic tradition. “Grandmother’s silver” may actually be silver-plate rather than sterling, but the phrase still sounds rather refined. The works in Falino’s exhibition are designed to upend this idea, but they largely do so with a posh accent. The contemporary works range from subtle to campy, which makes them good analogs to silver from different time periods — colonial silver looks positively minimalist when compared with the flamboyant spectacle of a Victorian presentation vase. There are some witty takes on forms of hollowware that have long fallen out of regular use.

In response to John Hastier’s lovely 1750 silver porringer (a small bowl with a decorative handle), the industrial designer Constantin Boym and silversmith Kaminer Haislip created the “Pillinger,” a small dish whose handle is decorated with a design of round and oblong pills.”

Metalsmith Magazine – February 2018

Metalsmith magazine featured on their cover the silver Pillinger silversmith Kaminer Haislip collaborated with industrial designer Constantin Boym on for the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now. It was also included in the article about the historic and contemporary silver exhibition. The New York silver focused exhibition will be on display at the museum until June 2018.

metalsmith magazine



















New York Silver, Then and Now – June 2017




Museum of the City of New York – New York Silver, Then and Now

Contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip was invited to collaborate with Constantin Boym, a well renowned New York industrial designer and architect, on a custom silver object for the Museum of the City of New York. Their collaborative silver Pillinger, designed by Constantin and handcrafted by Kaminer, is on display for the exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now from June 28 – November 26, 2017.  The exhibition links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s extensive silver collection. Jeannine Falino was the Guest Curator for the exhibition.

Pillinger was inspired by a historic porringer, but is a contemporary and thoughtful twist on the traditional form. Conceptually the piece makes commentary on how dependent our society has become on pills and medications. It’s smaller than a traditional porringer size makes it a scoop for pills, so one can shovel them in quantity.

See below for pictures of the Pillinger installed in the exhibition as well as some other exhibition highlights from Kaminer’s visit to the opening reception and show.





To visit the Museum of the City of New York or to learn more about the exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now visit

For more information on Constantin Boym and to view his award winning designs that are in numerous permanent museum collections visit