I typically resist collections because they seem to imply clutter. But, a collection offers the opportunity to coherently display en masse, in a manner many disparate pieces do not allow. Of course, art and books are collections most of us have. But, I've lately become fascinated with collections of old workaday objects.
First up, is Neisha Crossland's collection of hat blocks, shown in Old House, New Home.
Or, how about vintage typewriters hung along the wall of a 600 sq ft apartment, from Living Large in Small Spaces?
And, no post about collecting would be complete without a little Martha (have you seen the pics of her prop room?!) This collection of English and French copper moulds appeared in the Oct 2007 Martha Stewart Living.
Vicente Wolf is known for his global collections but I think this particular display is an example of the minimal restraint that can be exhibited with collections. Image from Decorate by Metropolitan Home.
This clipping has been in my stash forever, so unfortunately I don't know where to credit it. I especially like it because BFF has a similar collection of vintage tools and I love this framed display.
A little more whimsical is this collection of colorful lunch boxes from a home featured in Taschen's New York Interiors.
My favourite magazine for that sense of bourgeois eccentricity and eclecticism is The World of Interiors and these images come from two different issues. First, from March 2007, is the studio-cum-home of Belgian architect Renaat Braem. While these objects are functionally disparate, the tone of the wood ties them together.
And although this is not a domestic collection, but a museum one, I couldn't resist including an image from the Waterperry Gardens Museum from July 2007.
Finally, if you prefer not to collect over time, you may fall head over heels with Lost Found Art, where you can buy entire collections, as well as individual pieces. My favourites include this collection of 167 colorful and abstract shaped cast iron, steel and cast aluminum industrial valve shut offs in a wide range of colors.
But possibly the one I'm most inspired by is this collection of antique cast iron decorative building stars that we attached to end of long tie rods that ran the length of 19th century brick buildings to add additional support. I have one of these stars from a store in Toronto and love the idea of more of collecting more and displaying them in this manner.