Pico Design | Andrea Panico

Pico founder Andrea Panico is an industrial designer inspired by both the large scale of architecture and the small scale of jewelry. With past positions in architecture, interior design, product and textile design, Andrea brings a unique perspective to her work. While completing her Master's in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, she took several jewelry classes, where she developed a love and respect for traditional jewelry techniques. Her passion is joining the worlds of industrial design and jewelry, focusing on dualities of material, technique and method.

Andrea has been teaching in the Product Design department at Montclair State University since 2013, where she focuses on Design for Manufacturing, Sustainability, and Form Language. For more on Andrea's work, see her online portfolio.

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Pico Design is known for minimal, modern jewelry that features unique connections and non traditional material pairings.

I believe in creating simple pieces that are quiet in their appeal. Clean lines, unfussy design, and surprise details are common in all of my jewelry. I feel strongly that each piece should be well made, and have a lifespan that outlasts trend and fashion. I want to create accessories that are unique and make you feel the same. I am fully aware that you can buy basics from mass market brands at cheaper prices, but I am committed to providing minimalist pieces made by hand in the United States.

While minimalism means different things to different people, to me it includes owning fewer, better things. It means creating less waste in my personal and professional life. And it means presenting an honest and simple version of myself to colleagues, friends and family. These are the standards I measure against when I create new Pico jewelry. Having spent the majority of my career working alongside architects, interior designers, industrial designers and other creative women and men, I know that I am not alone in my approach. In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

My Montclair, NJ studio uses best practices and sustainable materials and methods to ensure both safety and quality. Our primary materials are sterling silver, 14/20 karat gold filled, and brass. We started out using these materials because of their relative affordability. So while I am not creating "fine jewelry" per se, the care and precision of these handmade pieces make them equally as viable as heirlooms, especially with proper care.