Garrote by Sruli Recht


This movie by fashion designer Sruli Recht of Iceland features a necklace from his latest collection, apparently used to strangle a woman.

Called Garrote, the movie was screened at DesignMarch in Reykjavík earlier this month and accompanies a necklace of the same name that comprises two scarab beetle-shaped pieces of volcanic lava hung from a piano wire.

Click on the symbol in the bottom right of the video player above to view the movie in full-screen HD.

More about Sruli Recht on Dezeen:

Concrete Belt Buckle (March 2010)
Masked – In Flight (March 2010)
R¿ng (January 2010)
Vopnabúrið, Recht’s flagship store in an abandoned fishery (September 2009)

Here's some more information from Sruli Recht:

On your neck I lace
This grave embrace


Take a breath, take a breath
It is your last before death
For on your neck I lace these jewels and erase

Garrote is a necklace - Icelandic volcanic lava moulded into black scarab beetles, magnetized and sealed on a spun-copper middle E piano wire.

GARROTE is a film performed by Heba Eir Jónasdóttir Kjeld and River Carmalt

Director - Heimir Sverrisson
Creative Director - Sruli Recht
Editor - Steffi Thors
Choreographer - Erna Ómarsdottir
Sound - Ben Frost
Director Of Photography - Tómas Tómasson
Assistant Director - Bui Baldvinsson
Special Effects - Aron Bergmann Magnússon
Costume Design - Sruli Recht Studio
Storyboard Artist - B. Börkur Eiríksson
Wardrobe assistant - Andrea Sisson
Dolly - Friðrik Grétarsson

With special thanks to Megan Herbert, Lise Capet, Filmus, Addi Knutsson Kristján Kristjánsson and Hannes Björgvinsson.

Filmed at Lazytown Studio on the Red One camera
Recorded at the Greenhouse

Posted on Wednesday March 31st 2010 at 1:45 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • e

    all that for a necklace that, although made of interesting materials, is an absolute eyesore…and the significance of a woman being strangled for five and a half minutes all for the launch of a piece of jewellery is absurd and slightly disturbing and insulting. Stick to just the jewellery Sruli…

  • And I want this necklace… because it’s laced with death? Because there’s something erotic about a strangled woman? Because, there’s not enough violence perpetuated against women? Because…?


  • andrew

    “No art is possible without a dance with death.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut

  • Michael | Chicago

    What’s even more interesting here than the necklace or the film is that is post has been made by a WOMAN in a DESIGN MAGAZINE at the start of the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY without the slightest questioning of its content. It just goes to show you that just because you can DESIGN doesn’t mean you can THINK. Shame on dezeen for perpetuating the idea that violence against women is acceptable.

  • finally something that hits my eyes and satisfies them, fashion is sometimes so obvious….here .. there is no banality—- wonder .. .. I love him.great work.

  • st56

    This is about sex, not violence.

  • xx

    it´s not about violence?
    and even if it IS about sex – the publisher herself says “apparently used to strangle a woman”. just as a minor comment on the side…WTF?