To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
I remember going to my grandparent’s house as a child. Their living room was dressed in thick floor-length curtains, gilt mirrors, and the walls were covered, floor-to-ceiling, in plates. Mostly classic blue and white Chinese porcelain plates were placed in intricate patterns between oil paintings depicting the English countryside, dramatic scenes of ships, and more plates.
Now, many years later, when my grandparents have passed, their house is gone and most of the plates are sold I have started to think of plates on walls. Probably because my Instagram feed is full of creative people putting all sorts of items on their walls. (I spy textile art and tapestries being the next big thing).
The king of putting plates on walls however is Luke Edward Hall. If you by any chance do not know who he is I’ll tell you. Luke is, by far, one of the most prolific artists of our time. He has mastered the balance between being an artist and a social media star, producing original artworks and home goods for every generation and type of home, from cottage to castle.
It is hard to describe his style since it is forever changing but right now it is equal part 18th century Grand Tour souvenirs and 1980’s dramatic colors, magnified by 21st-century social media marketing. Most people recognize his simple but effective drawings of young men (often inspired by his handsome boyfriend Duncan), placed on lampshades, pillows, trays, and of course, PLATES.
But why do we want to put plates on our walls? Nostalgia of course. The past year we’ve been reminded of our mortality and spent more time at home, constantly redecorating. This combination is the reason why we look to our grandparents, the safe space of childhood.
So, embrace your inner grandma and give your walls an update. All kinds of three-dimensional objects will add excitement, try something woven next to a painting and some plates. How to choose a plate? Buy a cheap plate at your nearest second-hand store and paint in color complementary to the room. Perhaps the color of your sofa, a pillow or a painting. The pop of color will instantly create some zen as the eye will register the use of the same color in several places. Or if you DON’T want harmony just take your favorite plates, put them on the wall and voila! Don’t think – just do!
You can either do that or leave it to the pros. Here are a few of my favorite plate artwork.
Available for purchase via Wall of Art.
Beaujolais plate by artist Anna Mörner.
Available for purchase via Matches Fashion
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