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Random Acts of Beauty

[Suzanne Dimma's Kitchen via House & Home]

In the museum world, there has been a shift in curation away from presenting art in a timeline and instead mixing pieces together in a way that tells a story. For example, at Art Basel earlier this month, collectors were snapping up random pieces from almost every era.  This new notion positions art (and decorative objects) as non-linear world where a Bridget Reilly Op Art piece can easily co exist with a regency sideboard and Polynesian mask. Or, as shown in House and Home editor Suzanne Dimma's kitchen pictured above, how a new marble kitchen island designed by 3rd Uncle's Arriz Hassam works so well with previously existing but solidly built cherry cabinetry and a handwoven carpet.

[Christine d'Ornano's London Townhouse via Elle Decor]

We don't know if there's a name for this movement yet. We've mostly seen it described as"Eclectic" or  "Antique Meets Modern" but this look can't be reduced quite so simply. For example, heiress Christine d’Ornano's London townhouse (pictured above) is furnished with family heirlooms that date back to medieval times, highly collectible chairs by important post modern designers, as well as examples of modern art, brand new ikat printed throw pillows and exquisitely inlaid 19th Japanese sideboards.

[dining table via Emmas Designblogg]

It all sounds kind of random (and expensive), but when you look deeper at the trend, you'll find that what these elements have in common is that they all have something special about them. The value is not in what their worth but what they are worth to you. The drawers in the kitchen above is handhewn. What makes all the different pieces relate to each other is the thought that went into creating and selecting them.

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    Kitchen appears on the blog and the things arranged looks very neatly. The pictures kitchen, Christian d’Ornano’s London townhouse, and the dining table these three are ads attractiveness to blog. In this especially kitchen is more beautiful. Thank you for posting these pictures.

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What a stunning marble island in the kitchen. It just pops against those subway tiles and the carpet on the floor is a nice contrast. Great pictures, thanks for sharing. I totally miss reading house and home magazine!

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlamb411

I love this style of design. Like the shift in museum exhibits, I feel like this mix of periods and styles better reflects real life, and people can identify with it much more easily. In museums, I believe in the idea of visitors constructing their experience and arriving at their own conclusions (with the help of well-researched information in labels, guides, etc) is much more powerful and meaningful than straight didactic displays crafted by curators alone. Likewise in design, this style can reflect the diverse interests and aesthetics of the homeowner. It is a style they can create themselves - although the help of a great designer can be instrumental in making an eclectic room work! These are beautiful examples - great shots.

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I like the modern chairs with a retro table and the contrast between the contemporary picture and the classical sofas, but what I love more is the beautiful kitchen!!. Sorry for my bad english! (I´m still learning the language). I love this blog. Best regards!

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterXavi

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