Meet John & Robbin

In 1985 John Wind founded Maximal Art, gaining quick acclaim for chunky collage brooches and multiple watch bracelets made of linked antique watch heads. 

From almost day one, company president Robbin Cook has worked with John, managing the growth of the company and overseeing its operations.

Over the years the company expanded into the gift world, and has evolved from its artisan roots to widely appealing, ‘gotta have it,’ feel-good designs that are stylish, accessible, and well priced.


Founder, Designer & our 'Chief Innovator'

Q: WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR ACCESSORIZING? I think layering is the way to go—choose your wrist or your neck and wear multiple pieces at once. It creates a distinctive look with your personality shining through!

Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU? My inspiration comes from both past and present vintage jewelry, flea market finds and the history of fashion on the one hand; exciting trends, street style, and our stylish customers on the other!

Q: WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My friend Phyllis says I’m very ‘makey-makey’, and it’s true! I’m happiest when I’m designing jewelry, making art, decorating my home, creating travel journals…


President & Art Director Extraordinare

Q: WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF LEADING MAXIMAL ART? We are a family of artists. We employ mostly recent college graduates who are artists in their own right and continue to make their art in their spare time. 50% of our staff has worked with us for over 5 years. Some over 15!

Q: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT MAXIMAL ART'S WORK WITH THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY? The CSC is a national organization whose mission is to 'ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.' We've designed a collection of fundraising jewelry for them, with charms symbolic of love and healing.

Q: WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT? My children. Madisen is 17...she has modeled for us 
since she was a baby and now collaborates with me on art direction...and Spencer, who is just about the 
funniest and smartest kid I have ever known. And mascara. It just makes every day better.