[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.