Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The instinct to collect is one of our earliest and most basic impulses, with the collecting of food in anticipation of lean months ahead being the most obvious example. But we collect for other reasons too, such as for beauty, or out of nostalgia, or for simple amusement. I'd like to share my occasional collection discoveries with you in a new section here called Miscellany. If you have your own collection of art pottery, luggage tags, vintage dish towels, wooden rulers, perfume bottles (I could go on forever -- the types of collections are endless) why not tell us about it in the comments below...
Shown here is artist Fabienne Villacreces's collection of American shirt collars from the 1920s, displayed in a glass-fronted case perched on a 19th century Italian baroque cabinet. The blue light on the glass is the reflection of a neon sculpture by the artist François Morrelet. Scanned from an early 1990s issue of Marie Claire Maison.
In the salon of an 18th century house, a Gustavian-inspired chair from the 1940s sits in front of the window. Behind, a 19th century console displays local pottery, a stamped Syrian leather platter, and a portrait of George Sand. Above it is a Belgian mirror in a wood and leather frame.
In another corner of the salon, light cream painted paneling diffuses the light softly throughout the room.
A view from the dining room into the living area. On the table, simple white faïence dishes rest on a white linen cloth.
The bedroom. The Louis XVI carved wood bed has been left free of upholstery, allowing the headboard to act as a frame for the texture of the wall.
Above the salon fireplace hangs a 19th century engraving, as well as a mirror in a wood frame painted to blend with the paneling.
This elegant house is home to a Brussels antique dealer, who spent three years delicately restoring a near-ruin to create an environment with warm authenticity. Scanned from an early 1990s Marie Claire Maison.
Greetje van Helmond creates beautifully ephemeral jewelry from sugar crystals, using the most basic materials to do so -- a poetic response to the problem of creating disposable fashion that's also environmentally responsible. Via tastespotting.