ISSUE 24  |  City Summer

A Case for Display: Rupert’s Curiosities Cabinet

June 19, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Rupert Mckelvie of Out of the Valley is on a mission to elevate backwoods design. Based in bucolic Devon England, he specializes in making masterfully detailed off-the-grid cabins–see his Devon showcase/vacation rental here. “The idea was to bring a bit of the natural world into people’s homes,” he says of his latest accoutrement, a curiosities cabinet. 

Above: Known as the Object Calendar, the cabinet’s 12 compartments “each represent a month of the year, and can be used to document seasonal changes with found objects” says Rupert. It’s made of English ash with hand-cut dovetails and a cork backing. You supply the curiosities.

Above: The cabinet comes with entomology pins for securing finds in place.

Above: Brass fittings and a limestone weight hold an ash-framed Plexiglas door in place. The Calendar Cabinet is £495 ($779) from Out of the Valley.

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