The Book

'Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders' will be published by Prestel Autumn 2014

"An insanely delightful how-to guide on becoming a mentally ill, cheerily obsessive eccentric hoarder told with lunatic humor and absolute joy. Viktor Wynd is a sick orchid who seems like the perfect man to me."
-John Waters-

Reviews & Press

The Times Literary Supplement

'One of the Great Latter-day Collectors'

The Guardian 

'charts the depths of his oddball accumulation and tours the homes of other eccentrics, providing advice on how to start your own collection of freakish finds.'

The World of Interiors

'this sumptuous volume - part aesthetic manifesto, part confession, part Argos catalogue redesigned by a Florentine madman - is an utterly enthralling guide to an unsettling personality'

Country Life

'Mr.Wynd seeks not to educate, but to subvert, to show the world not in a grain of sand but in a Hackney basement'

The Antiques Trade Gazette

'a whimsical, macabre romp through 'Wyndworld'

The Eastern Daily Press

'The Strange World he has created is beautifully detailed in his new book'

The New Statesmen

'a dreamy, Gothic melange of curiosities and taxidermy - A rebours meets World of Interiors' 

Philip Hoare - Book of the Year

Concrete

'An ornithologist’s wet dream is just Wynd’s discarded plastic bag which he bought because he could' 

 

'The book itself is perfect: size, weight, smell, gorgeous design, the full monty, and whether through shock, amusement or disgust it refuses to be parted from your hands.'

Viktor Wynd's gallery and shop in East London is arranged with the sensibility of a 17th-century Wunderkabinett. It displays and sells an eccentric and seemingly random collection of objects - everything from shrunken heads to narwhal tusks, united only by the sense of wonder they inspire in their curator. Now, Wynd takes readers on a tour of homes, private collections and museums that share his fondness for things arcane, desiccated, antique, or just plain odd. The book visits rarefied locations lovingly curated to by dilettantes, bohemians and artists: from David McKinley's rambling Devon farmhouse and its historic taxidermy to an Italianate villa in East London built near tower blocks; to the House of Dreams Museum and artist Marcelle Hanselaar's studio. It also includes advice on how to start a collection of your own, covering details on auction houses, private dealers, flea markets and fairs, and shows that having distinctive taste does not necessarily require a massive budget. Designed in a style that reflects its author's delightfully idiosyncratic perspective and with illustrations by the Theatre of Dolls, and photography by Oskar Proctor, this book is dedicated to collecting the wonders of the world.

Available from

Foyles
Amazon

 

All Upcoming Events

 

Menagerie at The Museum - a Petting Zoo

Living Animals Invade The Wunderkabinett - Pet a Python, Fondle a Frog, Touch a Tarantula, cuddle a Chameleon & more in a educational display

Jan 20th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017

Stories on a Sunday With Giles Abbott

Join Master Storyteller Giles Abbott and just twelve guests around the Sarcophagus in Lion's Chamber of Our Museum's Wunderkabinnet for Monthly Storytelling evenings

Nov 13th 2016 - Jul 9th 2017

Viktor Wynd's Guided Tours

Join the reclusive Viktor Wynd on a journey into the bowels of the earth and his basement museum.

Jan 11th 2017 - Jun 21st 2017

Story Time with Viktor Wynd

Join Viktor Wynd, for a night of Tall Tales from The Brother's Grimm, The Arabian Nights or Ireland accompanied by a Glass of The World's Most Unusual Gin (& T)

Jan 24th 2017 - Jun 20th 2017

Tattoo: An Art History with Dr Matt Lodder

Paired with Navy Strength Rum

Jun 6th 2017 - Jun 6th 2017

Fenella Hitchcock on Sebastian Horsley

Dandy in the Underworld

Apr 11th 2017 - Apr 11th 2017

A Society Séance with Philipp Oberlohr

An Evening of Cocktails and Spirits

Apr 4th 2017 - Apr 4th 2017

Fat Tuesday: Decadence, Debauchery & Desire

A Feast of Irresistible Desires and Overindulgent Sin

Feb 28th 2017 - Feb 28th 2017

The Pleasure's All Mine

A Valentine's Lecture on the History of Perverse Sex with Julie Peakman paired with Glass of Bubbly & Chocolate Anus

Feb 14th 2017 - Feb 14th 2017

Société Drink & Draw

A Valentine's Special + Absinthe Pairing

Feb 13th 2017 - Feb 13th 2017

The Valentine's Masquerade Ball

We welcome all the lovers and lonely hearts of the land for an evening of salaciously sanguine delight fit for St Valentine himself. Marvelously masked Dandies and Daemons dance into the darkness for an evening of debauchery and delight. Whether you are reaffirming loves present, reminiscing loves past or trawling the delicious denizens for loves future, the opulent dance floor, frenetic music and the dark and secret spaces of Clapham Grand will serve as your mystical muse.

Feb 10th 2017 - Feb 11th 2017

Decadence with The British Library

A Talk on the Literary Anthology with Jon Crabb of The British Library

Feb 7th 2017 - Feb 7th 2017

A Speakeasy for the Beautiful & Dammed

Join us on the last Tuesday of January & find yourself in The Age of Wonderful Nonsense fuelled by live jazz and Prohibition-era cocktails

Jan 31st 2017 - Jan 31st 2017