It’s been four grueling months of uncertainty. Restrictions on personal freedoms in occupying public spaces and services have been forbidden for a long time. As such entire countries have found themselves staring at the walls at home with an ever growing frustration as to when this Covid-19 pandemic might finally relent. Until then it’d likely the lockdown in our homes will continue for some time.
Dino Tomassetti is a curator of odd things. His obscure creative practice revolves around finding inventive ways to exhibit personal artifacts in their native environment as way of creating shows of our own belongings.
Here are five ideas how one can decorate their homes by repurposing their space like a curiosity shop whilst in lockdown.
Display record sleeves
The artwork across your vinyl collection often doesn’t see the light of day. Displaying band artwork across your walls can be an easy and fun exercise in making use of visual content you have already lying around to decorate your home.
Thankfully there are specific frames available that can allow you attach vinyl sleeves to a wall with the simultaneous ease of opening each display like a door, enabling access to the record inside to play.
Display your books
They say ‘Never judge a book by its cover’. Considering this, the bookshelf is the first place visitors go in someone’s living room, curious to identify what kind of subjects it’s owner relates to.
As such, it seems a shame to hide those titles in dusty shelves and indeed the long forgotten literary gems that lurk between other books rarely see the light of day.
Narrow shelfs with a lipped edge provide support for books to be displayed front ways out and can serve as bookshelves that invite readers since their titles are presented to the room.
It’s also worth considering the fine china dinning ware as beautiful objects to display. Considering that on the few occasions they get used, it’s for the short span of a meal. After which they are cleaned and stored away again.
Consider a display cabinet to feature in the dining room or failing that a sturdy set of shelves that can hold a well presented set of pots and dishware. Ideally with a groove in the shelf to stop outward facing dishes slipping out.
Recycled old bottles
Those odd shaped vodka bottles from parties need not be thrown away. Repurposing old bottles by sanitizing them and using them store oil, vinegar, sugar and salt can be an interesting way to stock cupboard essentials.
Consider decal paper and using visual skills to transfer type across its surface to label its contents and shelf on visible display can add a touch of individual creativity to a kitchen.
Buy Screen-prints or Giclees
If your home is a little sparse of records and books, one simply order very affordable screen-prints or Giclees and support independent graphic artists. With the convenience
of purpose built cheap frames, most artists will work to sizes of 50 x 70 cm that fit standardized issues of frames. Curate your own art exhibition in your home.