A few weeks back, I wrote about objects that have both function and beauty. And I definitely believe that you should aim for 90% of the objects you own to have both.
Buuuuut… I also feel, that you should have a small and beloved group of objects that you find beautiful and that serve no useful purpose to you at all.
The useless 10%. The whozits and whatzits galore.
How many objects make up 10%, is up to you. Some of you may well prefer whole display cabinets for your collections and some may only have one or two useless thingamabobs.
As a teenager, I liked having collections. It gave my weekends of walking around ‘brocantes’ (French for flea markets) with my parents, purpose and excitement. I could learn about the history of whatever I was collecting and feel like an expert. When I was hunting through tables of knickknacks and boxes of tchotchkes, I became a treasure hunter.
As an adult, I have moved house so many times that I had to cut down on the amount of stuff I owned. Seeing the entirety of a people carrier crammed to bursting with bags of my… who knows what put an end to my desire to collect anything.
Still, I couldn’t completely rid myself of a few things that I give me the warm belly feeling. You know, that feeling you get when you’re excited about something, like when you wake up and remember that you today is the day you’re going to Disneyland, Paris. There are some objects that give me that sheer silly joy. (There should be a word specifically for joy and silliness combined… sillyoy?)
So today I wanted to share 4 objects that I am currently dreaming of owning. Some 10%ers that I find full of fun and beauty. As it happens, some of them are all also useful, in the sense that they have a function. But I would own them more as joyful thingamabobs than for their practicality.
I often go onto the Studio Arhoj website just for the sheer joy of looking at their ceramics. The Copenhagen studio is well known for it’s Ghost figures but my favourite are their cups, mugs and jugs from their Tokyo Series. The glazes are incredible- both bright and soft, crisp and messy.
And sure, all of these objects can be useful. But would you use them every day for coffee? I’m not sure I could bring myself to in case I broke them.
I would want to protect each item from my clumsiness and absent-mindedness. Instead, I would keep them somewhere safe where I could admire them every day.
This is another object that sortakinda has a function- Adam JK’s ‘Indecisive Spinner Pin‘. If I was going to start a new collection, Adam JK’s pins would be a great place to start. His view of the world is so brilliantly no-bullshit and funny.
This spinner pin, however, is pretty much my whole adult life summed up in one shiny, moveable object. I have to admit, I’d be tempted to use this one to help me decide what I want to eat for dinner…
You have probably seen Australian Bride and Wolfe’s 70s-style lightning bolt mirrors on sleek design sites. Whether they are on the cobalt oiled walls of model Poppy Delevingne or in a child’s bedroom, their mirrors look cool and full of energy. Like a firework in freeze frame. I can just imagine walking into our bedroom and seeing one of their mirrors reflecting coloured light all around the room.
Did you SEE the wall-hanging in the top image?? Scroll back up and come back. I’ll wait.
You’ve never seen anything like them right? That’s how I felt when I first saw Judit Just’s work on Instagram. I spent 5 minutes staring at them, not sure if they were real. Maybe they’re not your thing, too bright or abstract. Most woven art uses natural colours or 70s inspired palettes. Both of which aren’t really my bag. So I can understand the feeling. The warm belly magic is an elusive and mysterious thing.
The great Long Beach vintage store 6th and Detroit is more the kind of place that can do that style of wall-hanging justice. Whereas, I’d like to create an interior design style that is somewhere between modernist minimalism and Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse. I’m hoping that Andy won’t read this because I’m not sure he is 100% on board with this vision…
Anyway, all I know is that I LOVE THEM. With a great and unbounded love, like hysterical laughter with your best friend on a Friday night.
The blazing colours, abstract shapes and surreal textures of jujujust’s work (her Etsy Shop name) are exactly the bright, stop-you-in-your-tracks wonderful kind of object I would love to have in our apartment. We have one very long white wall that would look amazing with one of her ‘Colossal Landscapes’. I’m going to start saving now so that maybe by my 40th birthday, I could be well on my way to my own fun house.
Photos from jujujust, Studio Arhoj, Adam JK, Bride and Wolfe & Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse