The Strange & Unusual Collections of Martin Gee

The Strange & Unusual Collections of Martin Gee

Sarah Rainwater
Sep 24, 2009

My recent move unearthed all kinds of treasures, like an old copy of The World of Interiors (from 2000) that I was clearly keeping for its excellent story on this UK apartment of one Martin Gee — whose space contains collections of bones, trains, vintage medical supplies, and many other odds and ends alongside accessories from the Conran Shop and MUJI.

So, who cares that this apartment is so filled with carefully arranged bizarre objects that there doesn't appear to be any space for a human to sit, sleep, or eat? According to the article, the owner just sleeps on a bedroll on the kitchen floor next to his unusable kitchen sink. Um, that's kind of creepy, but who cares about that either? There are more than a few incredible ideas in this space worth taking a closer look at.

I personally love the bare lightbulbs hanging from the curly red cord and the toy block "sculptures"—an idea that I actually stole when I lived in an apartment that had too many built in shelves that were begging to display something besides boring old books.

For more slightly freaky (but inspiring) collections check out the tour I took of artist William Schaff's studio a couple of weeks ago.

(Images: Simon Upton)

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