A book I'm enjoying at the moment is The Way We Live With The Things We Love, by Stafford Cliff and Gilles De Chabaneix. It is filled with glorious colour photographs showing ways to display the things we collect and love.
A French cupboard becomes a miniature gallery for this basket collection.
Old picture frames and framed pictures displayed inside a salvaged casement window.
We've all been collecting things since childhood, driven by a strange instinct to accumulate. Whether it be seashells, pebbles or marbles; comic books or cereal box collector cards; dolls or dinky cars, the need to collect kept us intrigued enough to continue adding to the collection. Most of us havn't changed much. We are still accumulating "stuff" which invariably clutters our lives.
Small shells cached inside a larger shell.
Jewelry made from natural objects strung on hemp cord and raffia, hang from the wall of this French house like pieces in a sculptural installation.
A careful asemblage involving a carved wooden granary door from Mali, an Ethiopian stool, and a ladle made froma coconut shell atop a set of contemporary bowls .
"Whatever the nature of the 'things you love', there are not only infinite ways of framing, hanging or placing objects, but more importantly, ways of combining, juxtaposing, balancing, creating rhythm or impact; achieving wit and irony, contrast, scale and emotion."
Sacred Buddhist images displayed in a niche in a traditional Japanese house.
A display of family portraits cover the walls of an entire room.
Antique African hairdressers' signs, usually hand-painted on tin and depicting a range of available hairstyles, are now sought-after-one-of-a-kind collectible items in the West.
"Collecting is, of course, for most collectors just a reasonably absorbing and largely harmless pastime, looked upon by an uncomprehending world as a kind of gentle madness." _ Stephen Calloway