Those of us who love things, often end up with collections of things. We become enamored with an item and then we stumble across another, a bit different, but still the same in general, and without much planning, we suddently have a collection. I just recently talked about this process of curation which is of course, at the core of any collection. We get to actually see the "personal collection story" when it all comes together in a cohesive presentation at some point. Which is one of the things I've found hardest to master. Vignettes, compelling assemblages, smart display are a lot harder to achieve than they look. You can have the most group of interesting things in the world, but displayed poorly, they can look uninteresting or jumbled or just plain silly.
One of my favorite examples of great collection display were done by the late ray eames in her case study house in Santa Monica (above). Her displays were so simple and yet composed in a way that helped the onlooker see each item seperately but also as a whole story. When done well like that, a rich story comes to life in 3 dimension.
So that's a long story as to why I'm so excited about apartment therapy, la's january collecting as artwork series. I'm looking forward to lot's of examples and maybe some helpful tips to teach me the way. I certainly have the stuff to display, and maybe in the future, I'll get better at putting it's best face forward.