What To Do With An Abacus?

What To Do With An Abacus?

Annie Werbler
Apr 26, 2010

We've noticed a decorating mini-trend lately in the recurring presence of the abacus, that antiquated counting apparatus that predates the calculator. They can be seen on the stylish walls of restaurants and private residences around town, and two large-scale retailers in particular have picked up on the idea.

Nobody of advanced years who I've spoken with even remembers how to use one of these things for counting, so let's agree that it is acceptable to hang them as decorative objects. An abacus usually consists of a wooden frame that suspends colorful beads strung on wires. There are countless variations on this theme depending on function and cultural evolution.

Let us know if you've seen any cool abaci while out and about.

Items: 1. Pottery Barn Oversized Abacus; 2. CB2 Abacus.

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