[Musician Emily Robison's home from the now defunkt Metropolitan Home]
A few months ago I wrote about the importance of sound in interior design. I focussed on the ambient noise created by the various materials in our homes, but today I want to focus on the intended sounds we create; if our homes were a film, we'd call it diegetic sound. I want to forgo a conversation about technology and the sounds we produce on radios, stereos, record players; and instead talk about the best sound of all, the music we play on instruments.
Instruments have been living with us since people and things started co-habitating. As objects, they have this intrinsic quality to them that convey a history because we know that a person was intimately connected to it in some way. They have an ability to bring people together much like food and drink and are integral to our humanness. Even if you can't play (and I certainly can't!), having an instrument in your home as a design object often works to solidify a sense of home, and who knows...maybe someone who knows how to play it will visit! I've had a couple clients in the past several months who want to bring a piano into their homes — to make one fit in a dining room, for example. Another who wants an entire music room. Take a look at some of my favorite shots from past issues of Covet Garden that feature an instrument, and one from my home of a vintage Farfisa organ that was picked up at a garage sale and sits pretty in my dining room.
[photo by Jenn Hannotte]
What about you? Are instruments important in your home?
Covet Garden is happy to bring another lyrical post by interior stylist Jenn Hannotte of Russet and Empire Interiors. Jenn believes in accessible and collaborative design that stems from narratives we create with objects we love. Her work has been featured in Design Lines, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy and the Marion House Book to name a few. She lives with her two daughters in the West End of Toronto.