In these days of small-space living and Marie Kondos-inspired ‘decluttering’, there’s a rebellious joy to be found in collecting. An artfully displayed collection can be the most spectacular centrepiece in any home – the key is not so much what you collect, but how you choose to display it.
When it comes to collector’s homes, we can’t look past the truly remarkable South Melbourne abode of artist Greg Irvine – one of the most memorable spaces we’ve ever set foot in!
Greg’s many collections are displayed in tightly curated, orderly arrangements. Take these cues from Greg for successful collecting :
1. Collections should be themed at point of purchase.
If you can’t see a home for an item when shopping, don’t buy it.
2. A collection should be consistent.
Unrelated objects can look untidy and cluttered. A safe bet is to choose all one type of object, or all one colour/material.
3. Collections are to be seen, not archived.
There is no point in hiding your treasured pieces away; the enjoyment is in the viewing and admiration of each item, and recalling the stories they tell. As Greg says, ‘If you can’t display it, don’t own it!’