Your place is about to get exponentially more amazing. Leonard Joel is hosting an auction of pieces world-famous artist David Bromley and fashion designer (and David’s wife) Yuge Bromley have been hoarding. It’s a rare chance to see and buy the personal treasures of the Bromley & Co founders.
David writes, “A shared love, or obsession, for collecting has led Yuge and I down divergent paths. We share a passion that has seen us on countless journeys near, far and wide. We have gathered mementos and pieces that hold special stories for us, each reflecting our travels to different places.
I remember the first time I bought a piece of furniture with a story behind it. It was a wedding cake carrier purchased from a bakery that resembled a large metronome. It seemed like a piece that was not merely utilitarian, and the story behind it sent me on a continued journey. Yuge, since early childhood, has also carried the obsession for collecting. Be it in her multitudes of old stamps, or reams of fabric in countless textures, colours and weaves. Much like me, she has adored and carried these collections for many years in different spaces.
We have learned through our habit of collecting that each piece goes through its own lifespan. Certain pieces stay with us for a short time, others for many years, and the few key pieces that we could never part with. We have at times tried to curb our collecting habit but we no longer want to as we get too much enjoyment out of the “hunt”.
These [collections] carry personal significance and form a shared journey for us both. Together we will continue to collaborate and decide on purchases with a combined influence, while remaining to reflect our disparate tastes. When placed together our collections form a major part in the architecture of our lives: the way we live, make art, create and find treasures for other people’s journeys. We rarely see things as “antique”, “mid-century” or “vintage”, but choose things because they resonate with us on a personalised aesthetic level.
Our intention is to bring magic into the everyday. What rules our world is our mutual obsession for collecting, decorating and injecting engaging narratives into a spatial context. We invite you to enjoy the collections and experience this world of ours.”
The Interior Worlds of Yuge & David Bromley Collection I will be available for viewing at 280 Chapel Street, Prahran on the 20th of July from 10am-8pm and the 22nd and 23rd of July from 10am-5pm. The auction, held at the same mysterious and iconic location, starts on Sunday 24th of July at 12pm.