Posts Tagged ‘model ship’

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

From "1601 Decorating Ideas for Modern Living," 1973

Kama-Asa Shop, Asakusa, Tokyo

Window display, Matsumoto City

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.

True or false? These are the opening lines of Zora Neale Thurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Photos below from here. Last photo is from inside.

House by Jonathan Adler

Seili

model ship, via inside on tumblr

Hanging ships

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Celestial Ship V

Seili

Western European churches, especially those near or in shipping towns, often suspended a model ship from the ceiling as a symbol of good luck for sailors. The practice is probably most common in Denmark, but is fairly widespread. It would be surprising if the current craze for ship chandeliers in decor (see the ship chandeliers in houses at bottom) weren’t related to this tradition. For a whole set of photos of church ships, see here. Photo at top is in Vilnius, Lithuania; second is on the island of Seili, Finland. For photos below, click on photo for information.

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Church

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Church Of The Holy Cross, Old Rauma, Western Finland

Ship in Canterbury Cathedral.

Above, Canterbury Cathedral. Directly below (and at very top of post), a crystal ship in the Saints Peter & Paul’s Cathedral in Vilnius; photos by Beny Shlevich. Below that, two examples of the ship chandelier that’s become so popular now. It and others are contemporary, but there are antique versions of it too, usually from the early 1900s.

Celestial Ship IV

House by Jonathan Adler

Room styled by designer Lili Diallo

The two interior design photos above – both of them strangely aristocratic/colonial – are of a house by Jonathan Adler, top, and an apartment styled by designer Lili Diallo, below. The big ships are beautiful, even if there’s always plunder in their wake.