TREASURE BOX is the perfect home for favourite items. We’ve been speaking to some interesting people to fi nd out what theirs are. Among them are the TREASURE BOX designer’s wife, who is a passionate collector; a fashion stylist and professed minimalist; and an artist who uses his TREASURE BOX as a sketchbook for objects and and a designer who loves art deco.
The Iraqi-Swedish designer is known for her sleek, beautiful, timelessly elegant leather accessories, mainly handbags and belts. A fan of vintage and of art deco architecture, she integrates elements of both into her designs. They can also be seen in the items in her TREASURE BOX.
For me the TREASURE BOX is quite literally that: a box of treasures. It’s where I keep all my favourite things, like the earthenware pot my mother made, which always reminds me of her, a pair of Ahlem sunglasses and a Byredo lipstick. I also keep things that inspire me in my work there. The shoe and the binoculars, for instance, are from my vintage collection, and their colours and materials inspire my new designs. And there’s another wonderful coincidence: the Port Dorée clutch from my collection fits right in the middle of my TREASURE BOX. I put different coloured ones in there, depending on the time of year.
Björn Weltbrandt Wallbaum
He refers to himself as an artist and the Siebenstreich-character and storyteller in the room. His paintings, sculptures and objects have an inherent poetry to them. And when his ideas “break out like poltergeists”, the TREASURE BOX in his studio is there for support.
I use my TREASURE BOX like a sketchbook for objects and a place to keep ideas for future works and sculptures. A lot of ideas are still quite small and rough around the edges and miles away from being realised, or they are so vague in terms of content that they get lost in my inner black box. But when I see them in front of me in my studio every day, it reminds me they are still there and waiting to come into being: the striped whale, for instance, a series of sculptures, the fl ower made of painted corrugated cardboard, aluminium castings, and my white BLOSSOM vases, which are a reminder to revive my work Tel La Vive, which was a model town I created from KPM porcelain for the ITB. The stacks of sketchbooks are my stock of ideas from the last two years, and the mobile phones contain all the original data from the last 12 years. They carry a kind of digital time capsule in them, as it were.
Stylist, creative consultant and fashion director for the Donna and Myself magazines
I spent a long time thinking about which TREASURE BOX would be best for me because I have a lot of light-coloured furniture and objects but like to set an accent with black. Typical Japandi. My TREASURE BOX is natural ash wood and blends in perfectly with my favourite room, the living room. It stands on a book console I made myself, next to an Akari paper light by Isamu Noguchi.
My passion for Japan can be seen in the objects I have on display: ceramic vessels, bamboo brushes and a glass tea jar for tea ceremonies. A lot of things are discoveries that I found rather than looking for them, like the oyster shell I found on a beach in Portugal one winter, the white vessel from the Brockenhaus second-hand shop in Zurich, and the mugs and spoons I brought back with me from Copenhagen, one of my favourite cities.
Marialaura Rossiello Irvine
Architect Marialaura Irvine, wife of the late James Irvine, designer of the TREASURE BOX, who is continuing the legacy of Studio Irvine in Milan with her direction.
I own several copies of the TREASURE BOX, some in the kitchen with our favourite mugs, salt and pepper pots and small cooking utensils, and another with our Märklin train collection. And in the studio we have a mix of curiosities: inherited items, prototypes, miniatures. Each of our children has a TREASURE BOX too, where they store their memories. Every TREASURE BOX has different contents, and the only thing they have in common is their height from the ground: strictly 150 cm.
The one in this picture is for Ugo, our 17-year-old cat. For him, I thought of a collection of coloured fishing lures. The most beautiful ones are Japanese. I deliberately chose black as the backdrop because it really brings out the colours of the fishes and makes the whole thing look like a work of graphic art.