Yes, we see it everywhere. Old objects mixed in with the new or something completely transformed with a new coat of paint or used for an entirely different purpose other than the intended.
Perhaps this continuous trend has less to do with the objects themselves but more to do with needing to feel a connectedness that we typically don’t feel with all of our little hi-tech gadgets. Sure we love them, but we don’t really hold any attachments to them for very long, mainly because the newer versions come around so quickly. Maybe we just want to feel that there are some things that are here to stay.
A few weeks ago, I went on a search looking for things that inspire me and make me feel more connected to a past that I had long been (unknowingly) drifting away from. I had no preconceived notion of what I would find but as I strolled down the aisles of the antique malls, I continuously found objects that brought back many memories of my childhood. I found things that I remember seeing sitting in my grandmother’s curio cabinets to that odd little rubber Pillsbury Dough Boy toy that my sister used to have. She had an attachment to that thing because she always called our uncle the Pillsbury Dough Boy and loved to poke him in the belly. It’s funny how objects bring back the strangest memories.
But even the objects that didn’t cause a trip down memory lane, gave inspiration. An old locker that could be used in a mud room for holding rain boots and coats, an old mail sorting center that could be used for a shoe organizer, and tons of tables that could be given a fresh coat of paint or just refinished to give it new life. I don’t know why, but when I came across a very cheesy Jim Morrison print, it just made me smile.
So all of that said, my opinion would be that not everything has to be sleek, new, and modern. It just has to make you smile, tell a story, or at the very least, warm your soul.