EVANESCENCE

A short film directed by Frederic Sofiyana, for the lauch of THE BOUDOIR BIBLE by Betony Vernon

THETA FREQUENCY SESSION #1

A HAPPENING DESIGNED AND ORCHESTRATED BY BETONY VERNON AT THE MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE, PARIS

SLUTEVER BY VICE

Because your worth it, Betony Vernon on Karley Scortino’s slutever “Luxury Sex” with her friends Dita Von Teese & Douglas Little for Viceland / HBO.

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L’OFFICIEL ITALIA

SESSO AI TEMPI DEL COVIDE-19 SPIEGATO DA BETONY VERNON

BY GIORGIA CANTARINI

On a bustling street in Paris’s Marais neighborhood, the gay enclave that feels symbolic of the city’s free-spiritedness, there’s a sober pair of 17th-century wooden doors. Once, they opened onto a space that belonged to a group of nuns. Now, though, they allow entry into the sumptuous and hushed sanctuary of Betony Vernon.

A designer of erotic jewelry, a self-described “sexual anthropologist” and the author of the candid yet refined 2013 sex guide, “The Boudoir Bible,” the 49-year-old Vernon is a jeweler turned sex educator. She holds sessions in her private home studio in which she helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments in the nine-foot bronze, steel and leather swinglike contraption that hangs from the ceiling of her basement. A client climbs in and is suspended horizontally four feet above the ground for 25 minutes — Vernon, a certified medical hypnotist, uses this version of her “theta rig,” which she designed, to ease the person into a meditative “theta state,” the brain-wave frequency reached during yoga and orgasm.

Vernon, who moved to Europe from Virginia in 1990, believes that Western culture no longer has many taboos around sex, but “rather a taboo against pleasure.” Her three-floor apartment, a sensual mélange of velvet and leather, is a rejoinder of sorts: a design manifesto for aesthetic pleasure, both visual and tactile. Entering it from the row of beige-stone facades on the street is like cracking a plain gray rock and finding a sparkling geode inside; you can’t quite believe this treasure is nestled in the workaday heart of a city.

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HYPNOSIS THERAPY BY BETONY

HEART TO HEART

HARNESS COVID-19 ANXIETY

Considering that most of the world is now affected by the Corona Virus Pandemic, it is very likely that you  have already witnessed or experienced first hand the negative effects of long term confinement, isolation and sensual deprivation on the  body mind and soul. Like most of us, and especially if you are isolated alone, you are probably  also longing for physical contact. This is totally normal and to be expected because humans are neurologically hard wired to touch each other. We depend on physical contact to communicate properly as well as  to feel emotionally balanced. The sense of touch is to survival what cuddling, hugging and of course love making are to happiness and a life well-lived. 

Sensual deprivation on the other hand can generate dangerous negative emotions like anxiety, loneliness and frustration. 

It is with these negative side effects of the virus prevention protocol in mind that Betony created the following audio experience for you and any one in your entourage who may be suffering from sensual deprivation or intimate isolation.  

Heart to Heart was recorded by Betony at her home in Paris, where she in lockdown mode since March 17.

I AM HERETIC

A PODCAST WITH DOUGLAS LITTLE

“DISMANTLING THE PLEASURE TABOO WITH BETONY VERNON”

We talk all things sexual wellness with Betony Vernon, a paris-based erotic jewelry designer, anthropologist, author, and visionary whose goal is to “Dismantle the pleasure taboo”. Her book “The Boudoir Bible” is a sex-positive guide to the new sexual landscape, covering erotic topics such as bondage, role playing, sex toys and new erogenous zones. You can also on SPOTIFY & ITUNES.

T MAGAZINE – THE NEW YORK TIMES

A PARIS BOUDOIR WHERE EVERYTHING’S MEANT TO BE TOUCHED

BY AMANDA FORTINI

ON A BUSTLING STREET in Paris’s Marais neighborhood, the gay enclave that feels symbolic of the city’s free-spiritedness, there’s a sober pair of 17th-century wooden doors. Once, they opened onto a space that belonged to a group of nuns. Now, though, they allow entry into the sumptuous and hushed sanctuary of Betony Vernon.

A designer of erotic jewelry, a self-described “sexual anthropologist” and the author of the candid yet refined 2013 sex guide, “The Boudoir Bible,” the 49-year-old Vernon is a jeweler turned sex educator. She holds sessions in her private home studio in which she helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments in the nine-foot bronze, steel and leather swinglike contraption that hangs from the ceiling of her basement. A client climbs in and is suspended horizontally four feet above the ground for 25 minutes — Vernon, a certified medical hypnotist, uses this version of her “theta rig,” which she designed, to ease the person into a meditative “theta state,” the brain-wave frequency reached during yoga and orgasm.

Vernon, who moved to Europe from Virginia in 1990, believes that Western culture no longer has many taboos around sex, but “rather a taboo against pleasure.” Her three-floor apartment, a sensual mélange of velvet and leather, is a rejoinder of sorts: a design manifesto for aesthetic pleasure, both visual and tactile. Entering it from the row of beige-stone facades on the street is like cracking a plain gray rock and finding a sparkling geode inside; you can’t quite believe this treasure is nestled in the workaday heart of a city.

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PLAYBOY

AN AFTERNOON WITH BETONY VERNON, HIGH PRIESTESS OF PLEASURE

BY SARAH HASSAN

The Parisian expat makes deliciously functional jewelry and extols the healing powers of BDSM

On a gray and rainy day in the bustling heart of the Marais, I find myself bound to Betony Vernon. This is not a figurative statement. The American-born, Paris-based designer, clad in black satin, with her fiery red hair cascading over her shoulders, has slipped a small gold ring on my finger; the ring is attached to a chain leading to a bracelet on her milky white wrist.

“I want you to feel what it does to us,” she says, her voice husky and low.

Vernon has made a name as a self-described “sexual anthropologist” by honing in on the pleasure that we embrace and deny. The daughter of a civil-rights activist and an inventor, she grew up along the Appalachian Trail and moved to Europe in 1990, after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University. In Florence, she taught jewelry and metalsmithing for Fuji Studio Workshop; from there she decamped to Milan, where she obtained her Masters in Industrial Design and founded her first atelier. Soon she was appointed Design Director for Fornasetti, the legendary Italian house. Married to Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero, for over 10 years, the now single—and singular—Vernon resides in Paris, upstairs from Eden, her private playground and sanctuary.

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SLUTEVER BY VICE

WITH KARLEY SCIORTINO

SEASON 1 EPISODE 7 – LUXURY SEX

Because your worth it, Betony Vernon on Karley Scortino’s slutever “Luxury Sex” with her friends Dita Von Teese & Douglas Little for Viceland / HBO. Slutever is a tv series, hosted by VICELAND & HBO, that explores sexuality, relationships, pro-sex feminism, BDSM, sex work, sex parties, and a bunch of other slutty stuff, as told from the front lines.

Karley Sciortino is a writer, host, and producer, based in New York. She founded this lovely website! She also writes Vogue.com’s sex and relationships column, Breathless. Karley is the author of the upcoming book Slutever: Dispatches from an Autonomous Woman in a Post Shame World (Grand Central Publishing, Feb 2018), and executive producer and host of Slutever, a documentary series on Viceland. She is also a regular contributor to Purple.

THETA FREQUENCY SESSION #1

A HAPPENING DESIGNED AND ORCHESTRATED BY BETONY VERNON

THE MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE, PARIS

On the 28th of September 2017,Vernon’s latest work, the Theta Frequency Session #1 will be presented in the prestigious Salle Dufy of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. It is the result of over 20 years of research on the effects of constraint and partial or total suspension of the human body and mind. The aim is to induce the Theta Brainwave Frequency state and its benefits via the horizontal suspension of a subject. This is achieved by using leather straps that are attached to a steel and brass structure. As the state of abandonment advances, the subject’s brain begins to emit the Theta Brainwave Frequency, which is also registered during trance, hypnosis, deep meditation, and even orgasm. During the session the body’s electrical impulses will be registered and the sounds will be emitted.

MEDUSA

BIJOUX ET TABOUS MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS

THE BOUDOIR BOX REVEALED

The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris organized from 19 May until 5 November 2017, MEDUSA, a jewelry exhibition that questions our relationship to jewelry both physically and conceptually. Neither sculpture nor fashion per se, jewelry lies somewhere in between.

For the first time Betony Vernon unveiled the Boudoir Box to the general public as part of the MEDUSA exhibition. Conceived in the form of a triptych, the portable “tabernacle” conveys Vernon’s philosophy of the boudoir – a ritual and sacred space dedicated to the sexual ceremony. The luxurious, leather bound, Italian hand crafted jewel case is an interface for sensual exploration and contains over 30 Paradise Found Fine Erotic jewels and Jewel-Tools. The Boudoir Box measures 69 x 33 x 19 centimetres and a sterling silver locket keeps the collection under lock and key. The Boudoir Box is an exclusive collectors piece. It was initially designed in 2000 and served to transport and display Betony Vernon’s Paradise Found Fine Erotic jewelry and Jewel-Tool collections. Helmut Newton was scheduled to document its existence for The New York Times in 2004 but as a result of his fatal accident, the meeting was cancelled. The Boudoir Box has since become a mysterious object of desire seen by few.

MEDUSA gathered more than 400 works – by artists such as Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Calder, Dali, Picasso, Fontana, as well as pieces from Victoire de Castellane, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, ethnic pieces and contemporary jewelry.

MANREPELLER

BETONY VERNON HAS MADE A CAREER OUT OF HER EROTIC JEWELRY

BY AMELIA DIAMOND

Erotic fine jewelry designer and self-described sexual anthropologist Betony Vernon uses the word “tools,” never “toys,” when referring to her designs. She is a businesswoman, first and foremost, which means she has a clear vision of her brand. She attributes this to knowing exactly who she is and what she wants, and by refusing to stray from her mission: educating adults about sex and empowering them through pleasure.

I first met Betony during Paris Fashion Week in the space where she works one-on-one with her private clients. Eden, as she calls it, is a handsome room that’s just dark enough for your eyes to comfortably adjust and your voice to fall to a whisper. It seemed to hum with a frenetic, sexual energy. It was like a museum that encouraged its patrons to engage with the art hands-on. Fine jewelry was mixed in with the erotic pieces: rings and necklaces, earrings and cuffs, some meant to be worn as simple jewelry, others dual purpose, each inextricable from the brand’s sensual nature. It was a press appointment unlike any other. It’s one thing to meet someone who has good ideas. It’s quite another to hear how she executed them — especially when the initial response was, “You’re crazy.”

When she came to New York for a presentation at Dover Street Market, I had to interview her.

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MUDAC

MUSEUM OF DESIGN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

MILAN, ITALY

The Origin Chair debuted in December 2012 at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. Betony was granted a carte blanche by curator Silvana Annicchiarico for one of dedicated galleries in the exhibition KAMA SEX & DESIGN. The functional sculpture is currently part of NIRVANA, an exhibition that inaugurated in Lausanne at MUDAC (Museum of Design and Contemporary Art.) From November 2015 to April 2016 Vernon’s carte blanche will be installed at the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure is Switzerland’s first international-level exhibition to be devoted to forms of pleasure in contemporary creation, exploring design as well as fashion and contemporary art, and the first compre-hensive study of the influence of erotica on design and fashion, by turns bold, luxurious and mysterious.

The exhibition features a selection of contemporary designers who draw on the iconography of pleasure in their creative work, finding inspiration in erotic and fetishist literature, along with the images, objects and clothing to which they frequently refer. The exhibition invites us to examine our own ideas and perceptions of pleasure. Designers cover the body with close-fitting garments or sensual materials, adorning them with jewellery that is aesthetically as well as erotically pleasing, creating furniture with evocative forms, works of art in which beauty and perfection are spiced with the whiff of brimstone. Nirvana shows that society’s desire for sensual pleasure remains vigorous in our digital age.

The exhibition focuses on design, fashion, and also contemporary art, which helps to open our eyes: its aim is to examine our relationship with the forms and objects that give physical expression to our unconscious perceptions of sexuality and our private notions of pleasure. Celebrated and up-and-coming designers alike bring these multiple influences into the spotlight, placing in the public sphere what has hitherto remained private. Three major creators are given carte blanche within the exhibition: Mark Woods (designer), Betony Vernon (jewellery designer) and Nika Zupanc (designer).

 

EVANESCENCE

A SHORT FILM DIRECTED BY FREDERIC SOFIYANA

FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE BOUDOIR BIBLE BY BETONY VERNON

“After reading “the Boudoir Bible”, one thing becomes obvious; Betony Vernon holds and masters the secrets that our body and mind hide at the heart of our main energy point. Like a sculptor, she models and controls these energies with respect, generosity and the purest pacifism. She gives to dream, to fantasize, to awaken. Like a deity, a Queen, to whom we surrender. She maintains, for the happiness of all, pleasure at its peak.

During the Ceremony, the being ignites. No one thought to find here where rivers and streams are so useful.
This exchange of fluids, at its peak, transports us to the edge of our origins as well as to the depths of the present. Betony Vernon unveils to us without inhibitions the bed of our rivers that remained in the shadows, and allows us to connect all our rivers.

Faced with this power and this knowledge, only one explanation becomes legitimate: that of an accomplice relationship between Betony Vernon and Venus. It is in this space that “Evanescence” is located, a distance necessary to the visualization of its abstraction. Betony gives us here a key opening the doors of the Paradise.”

Frederic Sofiyana

Written and directed by Frédéric Sofiyana

text and the Voice : Betony Vernon
First director Assistant : Camille Goudeau
Director of photography : Sylvestre Dedise
Music and Sound Design : Florian Gratton – Flox Production
Voices recording : Nicolas Judelewicz – Bretzel Lab
Editing : Thomas Bourva
Setup Designer : Céline Olaso
Setup Designer assistant : Julie Ponzio
Head electro : Thomas Garreau
Artistic Direction : Frederic Sofiyana
Regie: Nicolas LEROY

 

SHOWSTUDIO

THE BOUDOIR BIBLE – BETONY VERNON

BY LOU STOPPARD

Armed with a selection of her beautifully crafted sex objects, Betony Vernon visited SHOWstudio to talk about her new book, ‘The Boudoir Bible’, with Lou Stoppard. The candid interview sees Vernon discuss her sex-positive stance and the extensive research behind the book, which offers an uninhibited guide to twenty-first century sex, including practices like rope bondage and erotic flagellation.

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TRIENNALE

KAMA – SEX & DESIGN

MILAN, ITALY

Betony Vernon is an American designer who lives and works in Italy and in Paris. With a Degree in Art History and a specialization in metal smithing from Virginia Commonwealth University, she moved to Italy in 1990 where she obtained a master’s degree in Industrial Design at Domus Academy (Milan) in 1995. Her works have been exhibited internationally in institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Triennale in Milan and the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. Vernon has also worked with several design and fashion brands, including Missoni, Gianfranco Ferré and Fornasetti. Vernon’s creative path shifted in 2002 when she decided to focus her attention on “Paradise Found” a collection of precious jewels that she had commenced in 1992. Dedicated to the senses and the sensuality of the body, Paradise Found instigated what Vernon describes as her vision to dismantle the pleasure taboo. In this regard Betony wrote her first book “The Boudoir Bible”. Published by Rizzoli international in 2013, the book is now translated in six languages.

The Milan Triennale for the exhibition “KAMA: Sex & Design” presents the debut of Betony Vernon as a sculptor of marble. The exhibition features, in addition to some of the most famous jewels of Betony, the first sculpture of the designer, made of pure white statuary marble that was extracted from Monte Altissima.

The Origin chair was made in collaboration with the Henraux Foundation (Quercetta, Italy.)