The art of the mat­ter

In­te­ri­ors em­po­rium Rock­ett St Ge­orge is beloved for its quirky eye and bold style. Here, the founders ex­plain how any ob­ject can be art, and how clut­ter can be an in­stal­la­tion

Red - - CONTENTS - Words JANE ROCK­ETT and LUCY ST GE­ORGE Pho­to­graphs DEBI TRELOAR

Rock­ett St Ge­orge’s founders on mak­ing ev­ery ob­ject a piece of art

We are of­ten asked how to cre­ate a unique in­te­rior – one that re­ally stands out from the crowd,” says Jane. “Our an­swer is al­ways the same: you are com­pletely in­di­vid­ual in ev­ery way, so the se­cret to cre­at­ing a unique look is sim­ply to ex­press your own per­son­al­ity in your home. Per­haps the eas­i­est way to achieve this is by dis­play­ing care­fully cu­rated favourite items in a cre­ative way. Whether it is ob­jects you

have made your­self, fam­ily pieces, vin­tage kitchen­ware or pre­cious chil­dren’s art, it can all look fab­u­lous when dis­played well.

“I col­lect items from ev­ery coun­try I visit: as sim­ple as a peb­ble or as exotic as an ostrich egg. I dis­play these me­men­tos in a cab­i­net in my sit­ting room – they are a con­stant re­minder of happy times. There’s even a heart-shaped leaf in there that my daugh­ter gave me years ago. The dis­play is as per­sonal as it is dec­o­ra­tive.

“Lucy’s house is quirkier. She likes to col­lect things that catch her eye or make her laugh. The shelves in her kitchen con­tain ev­ery­thing from Coca Cola bot­tles de­signed by Jean Paul Gaultier to a Bat­man mask brought back from a trip to Paris. The shelves tend to evolve with the sea­sons – for ex­am­ple, she adds se­quinned rein­deer, vin­tage dec­o­ra­tions and framed notes to Fa­ther Christ­mas at Christ­mas time.”

“The trick is to think graph­i­cally,” says Lucy. “What items have a great shape that stand out against a flat wall? Per­haps al­bum cov­ers, vin­tage mag­a­zines, book cov­ers, hand­bags, hats, or kitchen­ware: an­cient bread boards, wooden spoons, beaten-up pans, an­tique bot­tles and hand­made ce­ram­ics. So opt for open shelv­ing where you can, and don’t be afraid of what some might think of as clut­ter. We like to call it ephemera, col­lected from a life well lived.”

Words and pic­tures taken from Rock­ett St Ge­orge: Ex­tra­or­di­nary In­te­ri­ors by Jane Rock­ett and Lucy St Ge­orge (Ry­land Peters Small, £19.99; out 10th October)

A shelf above a bed or on a spare wall can be an im­promptu pic­ture rail. Lay­er­ing sim­i­larly re­gal images to­gether forms an in­stant in­stal­la­tion

An of­fice space can be busy, yet in­spir­ing. Leave some ‘neg­a­tive space’ be­tween pic­tures, so you can still see ev­ery­thing See how shapes are grouped in Jane’s cab­i­net: tall and thin on top, an­i­mals, then orbs – it helps add or­der

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