Friday, January 28, 2011

Strange lettuce.

I collect strange things, it's what I do. I find things, buy things, scavenge things, get given weird and wonderful things because people know that I will think their junk is rad. The fantastic thing about 'things' is that you can make almost anything look great just by putting it in the right place.

Porcelain lettuce and a cut glass decanter
Take this example. A cut glass decanter that I found in my grandparent's house and a porcelain candle holder shaped like a lettuce. What strange things! Well, more specifically the lettuce, that's weird. Weird but amazing! It's by Sydney-based designer Jennifer Jones and her company Have You Met Miss Jones. I picked it up at their annual warehouse sale for a song. I haven't actually used it to hold a candle, I have enough candles that can hold themselves.The point is that you can take two (or indeed more) seemingly incongruous things and make them work. Currently they are sitting on the end of my little mantle having a grand old time prettying it up.

Too many times I see this clustering concept fail, because people tend to want things to be all the same size, or all the same colour, or evenly spaced. Take a page from Mother Nature's book and stop trying to make everything the same!

In this case it's all about the size of the objects. Both are delicate in design but solid in shape, neither object overpowers the other and thus they are complementary. They also work in this narrow space because they fit within it, things hanging over the edges of shelves or mantles look messy and precarious. The decanter 'ends' the space with its height, giving the mantle a softer look- not everything can make a big statement. The decanter also catches the light, and an incidental effect is the pattern created on the wall behind it.

Today's interior decorating lesson is: either complement or contrast because you can't do both!

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