I really do just go on feeling when I am buying for the shop (and myself). I must have a connection to it and then I display it in a way that shows how it is special to me- this is where the museum design bit comes in. My hope is that you will be inspired by the way I display pieces and that you feel a connection to or need for the some of them.
I have an eclectic taste and seem to like something from each period in art and design history. This may be because, in my museum exhibition design career, I have design interpreted many different cultures, moments, stories, and artists/art movements. Namely, ancient Egypt, Greece, the Middle East and the devastation of Pompeii contrasting with the displaying of works of the Pre-Raphaelites, Stradivarius, Cezanne, and Warhol. I endeavour to create exhibitions that are playful (when appropriate), elegantly styled, striking, and unexpected- it is important to me that the space provokes a reaction which in turn promotes engagement.
I am therefore drawn to what sparks a reaction and what makes me smile. There are countless items that remind me of an exhibition I have worked on. I find objects of antiquity particularly intriguing – I only wish I had the wallet to buy everything I love! Actually a period I am often drawn to is Art Deco (1920s-30s) which was part influenced by the artefacts of ancient Egypt largely due to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Indeed, I was lead designer for the Ashmolean’s ‘Discovering Tutankhamun’ exhibition, so it stands to reason why I have a penchant for deco. I purchased a gorgeous Deco standard lamp (SOLD) and a large scale vintage Deco style pierrot ceramic sculpture.