"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."
Reviews & Press
The Times Literary Supplement
The World of Interiors
The Antiques Trade Gazette
The Eastern Daily Press
The New Statesmen
'a dreamy, Gothic melange of curiosities and taxidermy - A rebours meets World of Interiors'
Philip Hoare - Book of the Year
'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.
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
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
Join the reclusive Viktor Wynd on a journey into the bowels of the earth and his basement museum.
Jan 11th 2017 - Jun 21st 2017
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
Paired with Navy Strength Rum
Jun 6th 2017 - Jun 6th 2017
Dandy in the Underworld
Apr 11th 2017 - Apr 11th 2017
An Evening of Cocktails and Spirits
Apr 4th 2017 - Apr 4th 2017
A Feast of Irresistible Desires and Overindulgent Sin
Feb 28th 2017 - Feb 28th 2017
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
A Valentine's Special + Absinthe Pairing
Feb 13th 2017 - Feb 13th 2017
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
A Talk on the Literary Anthology with Jon Crabb of The British Library
Feb 7th 2017 - Feb 7th 2017
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