It is not everyday you walk into a building and see an enormous plane crashing into the floor. English artist Fiona Banner thought of adding a unique touch to the galleries of Britain Tate Modern Art Museum and created an installation that dazzles the mind. The official name of the project is Harriet and Jaguar, two plane models that were used in putting the installation together. According to Technabob, the two models were bought by Fiona for an undisclosed sum and were further modified in order to be exhibited in Tate Britain. The Sepecat Jaguar XZ118 was reconditioned and polished, so that viewers can see their reflection. It is positioned on the floor, reminding one of a wounded bird. The Harrier (first photos of the the post) was placed vertically, ensuring a strong visual effect. What is your stand on modern art installations?
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.