Today I’ve been inspired by the ‘Daily Post’. It provided 5 ideas for future posts one of which was ‘Ode to an object’. I’ve taken the object part, but this isn’t quite an ode. Most of my posts are about the human experience so I thought this might be a nice idea for a change.
This is part of my ‘beautiful things’ collection. It’s from a collection by PIP Studio: a Dutch designer based in Amsterdam. Her motto is ‘‘Happy products for Happy People’.
It’s a modern twist on a classic. I love that it retains a delicate form, natural art work with a bit of an English feel. At the same time, it has a modern shape, style and colouring. A cup and saucer is traditionally associated with an English afternoon tea. Elegant ladies sipping on steaming tea, little finger gently pointing out. This cup and saucer reflects today’s world. Big enough for a good coffee held with both hands wrapped around it.
Buying my ‘beautiful things’ was a real change of direction for me. They are completely superfluous to need and purely for my enjoyment. I am generally careful with money and find it hard to be wasteful. Other than my mortgage I have never been in debt. I’ve had the same toaster, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, cutlery etc for over 15 years. I believe in keeping things until they are broken or worn out. I hate throwing things away whilst they are still functional. I really look after things and get upset if I break something. I pride myself on only ever having broken one plate in my home.
This all changed whilst I was browsing through a magazine. My eye fell across an image of the beautiful things and I was hooked. In my eyes they were perfect. A bit quirky, a bit traditional and a lot beautiful. I loved them on sight. I made a note of the designer and the range so that I could invest in some when my existing items were broken.
Over the next few days I kept thinking about the beautiful things and imagining all the occasions I could use them for. What a shame I would have to wait. And how long would I have to wait when I look after things so well? For the first time ever, I just thought ‘Sod it’. I love them and I deserve them. I have nothing beautiful, nothing that I can cherish. Everything I own serves a function. And so began my collection of beautiful things.
I keep them in a cupboard rather than on display. This is partly down to a lack of display space, and partly due to them being mine. I don’t want to share them with just anyone. They are for my enjoyment. I will show them off but only to people that I know will appreciate them for what they are. Every time I open the cupboard I smile. Every time I use my cup I smile. My drink always tastes so much better. I take in the whole experience, the smell, the heat, the taste, the clink when I put the cup back down.
I haven’t gone too mad. I have a small number of items that I love. The only thing I still want to get is a set of cake plates. I haven’t quite found the perfect set (or even individual plates to make a set). I know if I buy impulsively they will never feel the same so I am content to wait.
So there we are. My ‘ode’ to an object(s)…and yet again I have fallen to the human experience. All is right in the world 🙂
Does this resonate with anyone else? Do you have beautiful things just for you? That one special possession or collection?