Posted 11 months ago
This is a home decorating project I've been thinking about for a while, some larger display cabinets that would provide multi - purpose storage for collections of glass & books. I needed to provide extra space elsewhere in the house for books & I also wanted to create a more substantial look in my studio/glass room.
I'd looked at various cabinets & had also thought about getting them custom made. But in the end I went for these dark, blue - black cabinets from Ikea. I got these for my birthday & assembled them over the following few days...first I had to move out a lot of glass, take pictures off the walls, & move the existing display cabinets in order to clear space to work in. They replaced two 1940s era half round china cabinets, one of which I'm going to sell, & the other I'll place somewhere else...still figuring that out. :-)
After building them came the really fun part (as much as I enjoy assembling flat - pack, yes, I'm a sick bunny, I know) - rearranging the glass & bringing in books that had been in other rooms in the house. Much prefer having them all together!
Left hand cabinet contains mostly glass with applied decoration.
Right hand cabinet has Art Nouveau iridescent glass on the bottom shelf, & two shelves of Victorian hand vases in pinks, blues, & white. I've leaned towards displays of lighter coloured items in order to contrast the dark colour of the cabinets.
What I especially like, besides the practical aspect of increased storage, is that even though they are modern, the cabinets suggest to me the "Wunderkammer" or cabinet of curiosities of the "Grand Tour" era of collecting (which saw the establishment of both the museum as we know it today, & collecting as an intellectual & aesthetic pursuit). I think it's the mixing together of objects & books that does it for me.
I'm leaving the doors open at the moment to enjoy the sight of the books in particular. For some reason I am drawn to books of odd sizes & shapes which can be awkward to place neatly in conventional bookshelves...not an issue anymore...