Many years ago, my husband and I had a local friend in art school who created many weird and wonderful things, some of which turned out to her satisfaction and many that did not. Her output in both categories exceeded what she could keep or sell, and so we benefited from the opportunity to collect and hoard her (sometimes slipcast) castoffs. I always prefer an imperfect handicraft to a factory-fresh decor item, and I appreciate the special, limited-time window of good fortune of having a generous friend in art school, so I accepted many more functional pots and ceramic artworks than I could possibly use or display. Some I distributed to other friends; some I put away in the garage and cycled them into the kitchen as items to replace other items that got broken; some large and bizarre items I tucked away in the garden shed for over a decade, where they have obtained a weathered, mossy patina.
And now that my husband and I are renovating our home, the time has come for those pieces to live their best lives!
First up, this... giant pod? With cubby shelves in it? That tilt not only back but to the side and are irregularly shaped inside?
Yes, please! I love the balance of functionality and expansive organic form that rebels against strict functionality. It's a little bit challenging, like one of those pet kibble mazes. But for people and our tea collection.
It is so much fun to be able to design my own kitchen however I like. With this next pandemic surge swelling, I don't have to hear the opinions of extended family members and other dinner guests informing me that this doesn't look like the home makeovers on HGTV. Ha! I do what I want!
What a joy. An off-kilter, one-of-a-kind, weird and wild pod cubby of joy!
I hope that you, too, enjoy the freedom to set up your own kitchen however you please. So fine!