Can we please talk about the amazingness of vintage scientific charts and prints as wall art? It’s long been my intention to turn my entire house into a cabinet of curiosities (I think I might be Tim Burton’s long-lost love child) and I’m so excited to be building up a library of images to eventually have printed to frame and tack up all over the place.
A well-placed botanical or anatomical or zoological vintage print – the sort our teachers used to pull down at the front of the class to teach us about rhizomes and the skeletal system and the process of pollination – have long been hot in interiors and it’s obvious to see why. Their detailed, old-school illustration style, gorgeous colouring and engaging content make for the perfect decorative addition to any space from kitchen to living room, be your interior decorating style posh or hipster, low-key family friendly or creative urban singleton. They also look great grouped together as two or more from a series, or as an eclectic mash-up of different sizes and subject matters and provenances. I’m keen on both framed and unframed posters (tacked up with washi tape is still a fab way to get some insta-art on your walls without spending a fortune). There are online resources where you can download free images as well as online stores with divine prints to buy. Here’s a mini list of shopping and free online sources if you want to get the look for yourself.
For Vintage Prints Try…
* Mighty Vintage on Etsy
* Curious Prints
* Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) botanical illustrations
* Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) vintage insect illustrations
* Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) vintage anatomy illustrations
* All Posters have a good selection (just do a search on what you’re keen on) and having ordered from them before, can recommend their services
Typo occasionally have reproduction vintage charts and maps
This book as well as this one are on my radar… To get hold of and them carefully disassemble in order to tack the pages up on the wall, of course…