Cabinet of Curiosities
The 20 meters long wall is full of curiosities, constantly presenting new things. Equipped with a hand-out of possible answers, the visitor can begin guessing and discovering. There’s a large, 24 centimetres high, aluminum motorbike cylinder head, which looks like it could be a grey sea-urchin. Next to this, a fruit-bowl made of wire, a chisel that resembles an abstract miniature, and a long ‘walking’ pair of concertina scissors form part of the collection.
David Usborne began his Objectivity collection as a child by collecting all sorts of things, a passion that would resurface during various stages of his life. After his architecture studies at the Architectural Association School, London, he became in 1969 a part-time Design teacher at the Central School of Art, and Kingston University. He continued collecting in the meantime. In 2015, aged 78, he bequeathed his collection to the University of the Arts London.