The story of the box.

There are two kinds of people in this world – the ones that step over hard rubbish with their noses in the air and the ones that will do an illegal U-Turn because an amazing yellow chair catches their eye. I am proud to say I’m the latter. I find something beautiful about seeing an object that is not in its natural habitat.

Which brings me to the story of the box. I was out walking the other day with two coffees in hand on my way home. I’m mentioning the coffee because they are very important in the development of this story. So there I was walking along the urban Richmond streets when I spied this interesting looking glass case/box on the footpath. I had no idea what it was but I knew I loved it. I loved the wood, the shape, the map of the world, but most of all I loved the way it was just lying there waiting.

So here is where the coffees come into play. Normally I would’ve dragged that thing home faster than you can say “what are you going to do with that piece of crap?” However there was no way I could have carried it and my coffees at the same time. So I did what any girl in their right mind would do – I took a photo and instagrammed it. (Don’t you love how that’s a new verb that has crept its way into our daily vocab!) By taking a photo of it I felt that I was somehow keeping its memory alive. Check it out:


Normally the story would’ve ended there- except it didn’t. My gorgeous sibling Penny, saw my Instagram photo and said: “I saw that and was going to pick it up!”
Penny only lives around the corner and like me she has an inbuilt radar that can detect something amazing/Danish/vintage on the footpath. Once she picked up a pair of Fler, Fred Lowen designed chairs in Fitzroy. For free. In awesome condition. That are worth a lot. That are gorgeous. That someone threw out!

She must have thought again about the strange box on the footpath so she went and picked it up, took it home, cleaned it and sent me a photo. Ta da…


We weren’t exactly sure what it was used for but here are some of the ideas we got from people: reptile box, fish tank, display case, room divider or planter box.

I’m happy to announce that my sister has reclaimed it, recycled it and is now using it as a stunning plant holder/display box. Genius! Do we love it? I know I do. X



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