Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Cabinet of Curiosities

How To

Cabinet of Curiosities

Furnishing a home is hard work, particularly when it comes to making it more personal.  How many times have you stood in front of your cabinet, display case, desk, console and coffee table and asked yourself:  how do I fill this space? How do I make it more appealing, interesting and customized?

Early this year, I spent a lot of time with my family in the South of France discovering the intricacies of the local flea markets. While digging through the chaos of quirky old objects, junk and treasures, I found myself thinking about my own cabinet of curiosities and how to put it together….

The trend started in the 16th century in Europe – as the original ancestor of natural history museums. Personal collections were to be eclectic, extravagant, impressive and unique with always a strong sense of aesthetic.

These days, the cabinet of curiosities should be a symbol of your interests and travels, as the perfect means to express your personality and taste. To create a fantastic synergy, it is my opinion that you mix two elements:

Naturalia: Coral, floating wood, feather, shells, taxidermy, stones and minerals

Artificiala: Ancient tools, old print, small painting, hand blown bottles, natural candle, vases, frames and raw materials

In getting started, make sure you find lots of inspiration (start your journey below) so that you know what you are looking for.  If you’re in Australia, try Sibella Court’s Sydney store, Society Inc* – filled with wonderful nick-nacks from all over the world.

Soyez Curieux !


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Alexandra D