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Wednesday, 24 September 2008 by Irene Hoofs

Erin's favorite design pieces in her house
I (=Erin) am a very literary person, so I’m not surprised that when asked to round up a few items that I’d place in my own private museum, the majority of my picks are reading/writing-related. The first item I’d choose would be my extensive collection of Assouline fashion memoirs. I’m increasingly inspired by the way in which our world evolves and this publisher has curated such a lovely series of how we’ve dressed ourselves in years past. I often leaf through the pages to see our modern interpretation of classic designs in hopes that we never forget the roots of our inspiration. Besides, who wouldn’t want the deepest, darket secrets of word-renowned fashion designers at their fingertips?
Secondly, I chose a round-up of my very favorite objects, both functional and not. I absolutely adore my Tamara Shopsin 5-Year Diary and scribble in it each night before bed. I find it to be therapeutic to imagine myself five years from now, reading how much I’ve grown and laughing at my past mistakes. I also, of course, had to include my favorite writing utensil of all-time: the Ultra Fine Point Sharpie in Black, because without it, I might never journal. Other favorite items are a mother’s letter on her daughter’s wedding day and a few bangles Mexico, a stark contrast of both serious and lighthearted moments in my life.
Lastly, I included my favorite dishware from a flea market, which I just love to use when I eat mini-sandwiches and tea. A rare occasion, but I must admit that sometimes I fix myself a snack just so I can use this piece. It brings me more joy than the food itself, which, for a foodie like me, is a big accomplishment! Thanks, Irene, for such a fun assignment. I think what I learned most about such a daunting task of creating a private museum was that, like any museum, they represent just one portion of history and are ever-changing. I take comfort in knowing that a year from now I may have an entirely different collection and that? That is curation at its best.”

:: Erin from Design for Mankind ::

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