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December 18, 2013
A collection need not create clutter and stress; these five homes turn a hobby into a design signature.
The dining room.

For one resident’s comic book collection, color was key: “We wanted to feature the comics without letting them become visually overwhelming,” says architect Antoine Santiard. “So we developed this box concept, where bits of white space separate all the shelves.” The boxes’ interiors are painted dark colors so when set against the white walls they function like dioramas, or frames in a storyboard. Most contain books, but others contain toys, a vintage Peugeot coffee grinder, a plaster bust of French pop star Claude François. Photo by Céline Clanet.

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dining room lighting

Andrea Falkner-Campi and her husband commissioned designer Paola Navone to renovate an old tobacco factory in Spello, Italy. Falkner-Campi’s chair collection came in good use for the dining room. Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen.

Originally appeared in Musical Chairs
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Modern custom wooden shelves with object collections

Toronto dentist and collector Dr. Kenneth Montague arranges his objects with a sense of humor. Custom shelves display his collection of salt and pepper shakers. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Aumas' assorted collectables.
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market. Photo by Christian Schaulin.
 
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Decorative dining area wooden bookshelf

In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. Open shelving between the living room and dining area maximizes light and air flow and showcases eclectic objects, which include old printing blocks found at a garage sale and bowls Tyler’s mother bought in South Africa. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

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Originally appeared in English Designer's Live/Work Home
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The dining room.

For one resident’s comic book collection, color was key: “We wanted to feature the comics without letting them become visually overwhelming,” says architect Antoine Santiard. “So we developed this box concept, where bits of white space separate all the shelves.” The boxes’ interiors are painted dark colors so when set against the white walls they function like dioramas, or frames in a storyboard. Most contain books, but others contain toys, a vintage Peugeot coffee grinder, a plaster bust of French pop star Claude François. Photo by Céline Clanet.

Photo by Céline Clanet.

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