March 7, 2013

On Displaying Collections

I’ve always been a collector of curiosities, from the time I gathered dozens of typewriter ribbon tins to the massive stash of vintage Bingo cards I keep hidden in my credenza. Yet when it comes to displaying such collections, I often hit a roadblock: how can I showcase my favorites without cluttering my home?

The secret, it seems, is in the hues. In the above space by Petra Bindel, each quirky collectible is displayed lovingly – some stacked, others solo – between wood blocks, cardboard boxes and white shelving. By providing neutral tones to balance the sheer volume of “stuff” that exists, it somehow works.

The idea is just as effective when working with objects on the floor – when black and white are layered and organized, the room feels effortless rather than cluttered. The added benefit, of course, is that by following a certain color story, you can mix and match time periods, textures, sizes, scales – all while maintaining a sense of collective reasoning.

Tell me, what are some of your rules to displaying curiosities? I’d love to hear!

Image Credits: Petra Bindel

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