wunderkammer @ home

We all have so much stuff and as humans we keep wanting to collect things. Perhaps it roots back to our old nomadic existence where we would treasure the smallest things. The Venus of Willendorf was a 11.1 cm fertility idol that our old earth tribes would treasure.

Wunderkammers date back to the 17th century in the Netherlands. The Dutch were so structured in their daily lives that they had vases in their kitchen to remind them of which cleaning tasks were to be done on which day. This structure translated to their Wunderkammers that were either massive rooms or small boxes. The Wunderkammer was a place to collect rare artifacts from distant places or things - such as the tusk of a rhinoceros, African treasures, and at times human hair or organs.

Our life is a huge cabinet of curiosity (Wunderkammer) from relics of our past, present, and what we'd hope to be. How do you, as the client, and I, as the designer, respond to your collections or things that you treasure?

I think that we need to be constantly re-evaluating the importance of things, or objects, in our lives. Is it important to have 5+ photo frames on the top of your piano or fireplace mantel? Are there a few really special pictures that you want to always be looking at? What about you collection of chatchke? Remember Precious Moments loose their preciousness because there are so many.

Solutions are constantly being preached in TV shows like Clean Sweep, and Neat. They key is to remember that objects can be friends, acquaintances, or distant cousins. We need to always make room for the friends, and create a wow when you walk into your room. This is easily achieved by focusing our efforts and attention onto 3 to 4 special things, or finding the right balance in the space you have to allow you and your company of friends to feel relaxed, comfortable, and welcome in your home.

Show yourself off, don't hide behind the clutter.

photos: jason karman and corey klassen's home