See this: Beauty and Balance

Ever wondered how to achieve the perfect shelfie? It’s a subject we intend to return to in greater depth very soon. But while we get into some intense shuffling-around at home – lets call it research – may we direct you to the exhibition Beauty & Balance in Cambridge this month. Hosted at the Fitzwilliam Museum, key displays from neighbouring house and gallery Kettle’s Yard will be re-created to educate those looking to get their styling tricks honed. Kettles Yard, a famous interiors destination, was the home of Jim and Helen Ede from 1958 – 1973. Jim, a curater at the Tate originally, pioneered the idea of curating as a way of life and believed that fine art and design collections were not just something for high-minded gallery spaces. In 1966 he gave his house and extraordinary collection to the University of Cambridge and the public has enjoyed ogling it ever since.

Beauty and Balance | Kettles Yard | The ChromologistWith Kettles Yard itself currently shut for refurbishment, the gallery’s exhibitions are being hosted at other venues until it reopens. The show at Fitzwilliam Museum this month is intended to reflect Jim’s belief in the importance of creating living spaces that enhance and work with the art and objects that they contain. You can look forward to the inevitable lust factor that will come from viewing paintings and sculptures by the likes of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miro and Christopher Wood – all of which will  be positioned just so.

The exhibition opens on August 13 until April 2016 and you can find the full details here.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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