The Weeks Pick – Instrumental Decoration

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Instruments are beautiful and often expensive things. Obviously made to make beautiful music with but sometimes whether due to being broken or just looking freaking amazing they become more decorative objects than musical.  Kind of moving on from the home with a grand Piano that no one can play, instruments (and there cases) can be highly decorative and can also be re-purposed into different things.

We have had a few decorative instruments in the past and have a few in at the minute but these Double Base cases really spurred me on to write this. They are for transporting the double base, the are huge heavy and cumbersome but they look great. Yes you need a bit of space, I  suppose you could double them up and store things in them, but really it just looks nice.

Double Base Case

Occasionally we have bought instruments that people have bought to use which has been really great! From trumpets to Tuba’s and to more recently this fantastic Ebonised Harmonium. Which made me feel immediately like a member of Arcade Fire even if I couldn’t move, look at all comfortable or really play anything on it.


Being in Bristol and talking about instruments in decor, the Old Bookshop in Bedminster really can’t go without mention. Who not only have the best trumpet / trombone brass chandelier I have seen there is also a piano set into the bar and great food and beer!

I love this shot below with the trombone fixed to the dark wall and some green additions

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Slightly bigger scale is of the harp case! I have seen a few around lately and they are such wonderful things in their own right. Often sign written and with many shipping stickers they tell a romantic tale. The one below is currently available from Modern  50 on First Dibs for £3488

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On an even grander scale the Cornelia Parker in the V&A is beautiful and so fitting of the space.

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Or if ever in doubt a big run down room and a Harp is a pretty magical combo.

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Cass x x

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