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

Mar 3rd 2017 - Dec 31st 2017

Empire of Booze: A History of the British Empire Told Through Drink

Join The Last Tuesday Society as we toast to the Empire of Booze, raising our glasses to a history of the British Empire told through drink and author Henry Jeffreys.

Jul 11th 2017 - Jul 11th 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

Mar 12th 2017 - 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

Leonora Carrington - The Viktor Wynd Collection

An Exhibition of 35 works by the Anglo-Mexican Surrealist from The Viktor Wynd Collection generously supported by Hendrick's Gin.

Sep 17th 2016 - Apr 6th 2017

A Society Séance with Philipp Oberlohr

An Interactive Illusion of the Greatest Kind + Victorian-era Cocktails to Pair

Apr 4th 2017 - Apr 4th 2017

Ghosts In The Making - Paul Hazelton

For The Hendrick's Commission 2016 Paul Hazelton Fills the Wunderkabinett with Ghostly Figures made of Dust

Sep 17th 2016 - Mar 31st 2017

Société Drink & Draw

Absinthe, Paraphernalia & Regalia of Alchemy and The Occult

Mar 14th 2017 - Mar 14th 2017

Illuminating Darkness: Aleister Crowley, Poetry and the Equinox

Lecture by Matthew Levi Stevens & paired with some one of the occultist's very own cocktail creations

Mar 7th 2017 - Mar 7th 2017

Fat Tuesday: Decadence, Debauchery & Desire

Join us on the last Tuesday of February for a Feast of Irresistible Desires and Overindulgent Sin

Feb 28th 2017 - Feb 28th 2017

Peculiar Cocktail's for Miss Peregrine's Release

Launch of New Peculiar Cocktail Menu created for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Characters

Feb 1st 2017 - Feb 28th 2017