I always used to love looking out for a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ when I was scooting round historic houses working for the National Trust. I just liked the idea that people would collect and display lots of totally unrelated items just because they thought they were worth looking at. It was a high-level kind of showing off really, and the fact that most of these objects seem pretty prosaic to modern eyes (shells or fossils, or other bits of natural history) makes it even more interesting. Anyway, the same spirit is alive and well in New York, according to last week’s New York Times: its ‘New Antiquarians’ piece features some beautiful homes, stuffed to the gills with curious things. Hollister and Porter Hovey’s Brooklyn apartment is particularly cool, all taxidermy, historic costume and all kinds of other wonders, set against sludge-coloured walls (er, in a good way) and nicely worn furniture. Hollister bogs about all her enviable finds here.
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