Collecting objects of Art and Design can be a scary game. What do you buy, when do you buy it – how do you decide the difference between a wise investment and an impulse indulgent? At The Lab, Art Pharmacy brought together some industry experts to shed some light on collecting for your home:
Kevin Shrader - Idea Bombing Sydney
Emilya Colliver - Founder & Director, Art Pharmacy
Jackie Brown - Interior Stylist, Real Living Magazine
Nicholas Karlovasitis - Co-founder & Industrial Designer, DesignByThem
How do you start a collection?
Start small and work your way up. It can be a daunting thing to farewell a large sum of money in return for product – even if you do love it. It was a collective verdict from our group of experts: many great collections stem from humble beginnings. Begin by purchasing elements for your home as needs arise. As you discover new products, designers and artists, your style will begin to form, naturally.
Invest in key pieces:
Rather than looking for quick fix objects to fill a house, all 3 of our experts were sincere advocates for delayed gratification. Save up and purchase key aspects for your house; ones that you’ll use and appreciate on a daily basis, and that you can rely on for their originality and quality. Don’t be swayed by trends or fads – decide on the style, mediums and products that you love, and go from there.
Buy what you love, think about the source:
At the end of the day, the resounding message was to buy what you love, and to know what you’re buying. In a world saturated by instantaneous, commercial production, it can be easy to get lost amidst chain wares. Emilya, Jackie and Nicholas are all active supports of Australia’s creative community – designers, artists and producers. They prompted us to understand the source of the design and art objects we purchase, and importantly - to purchase that which we love, rather than being dictated by fast trends. A collection that is made out of these elements will not only be sustainable beyond one lifespan, but will be true in character to its initial creator.
We had a fantastic time at Interior Under the Microscope, and want to do a big shout out to our collaborators for their contributions to the evening:
Idea Bombing Sydney
Jackie Brown Styling
We hope to see you at another Art Pharmacy event soon!
Blog: Elizabeth Chapman