Kara Ross of the eponymous firm loves to throw parties for friends and family, and now she has fitting centerpieces that speak to both her career in jewelry design and coastal residences in Southampton, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla.: lobster objets d’art.
But don’t call them mere tabletop items, insists Hilary Heard Gurley, Ross’ director of public relations, who, when JCK spoke to her this morning, was about to jet out the door of the Manhattan headquarters to a lunchtime debut of Rock Lobster at Ross’ store on Madison Ave. “The lobsters are sculpture for the home, centerpieces,” she explained. “They are flexible and move so you can position them. This melds her two passions of gemstones and entertaining.”
And today at the Kara Ross store, you can see a window display of 10 (just three individual SKUs to date are available) feasting on Ross’ designs. The lobsters are large—13.5 inches long by 7.5 inches wide—and are made from mother-of-pearl resin with 18k gold-plated brass fixtures set with crystals. Retail prices range from $495 to $595, and more sea creatures are in the works.
And to celebrate the collection’s debut, Ross’ team is feeding guests—or at least those who show tweeted or Instagrammed pics of the pieces on their phones—lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster. The noshing started at 12:30, and Gurley figured it would wrap up by about 2ish—“when we run out of lobster rolls,” she says.
The pieces are available for wholesale purchase.
Rock Lobster art object in 18k gold-plated brass with crystals, $495
Rock Lobster art object in 18k gold-plated brass with crystals, $545
Rock Lobster art object in 18k gold-plated brass with crystals, $595
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