There are certain dwellings that preserved the timeworn liveliness that floats in the air and spreads across the walls. Kettle’s Yard House is one of those places where every object seems alive, in harmony with each other and its nest. The museum that is a part of the Cambridge University today, was once a home to curator Jim Ede and his wife Helen. The couple had a great sense for combining aesthetic and art. Ede never fancied the idea of owning a gallery or a museum. Instead, his desire was to create an open house with a collection of works of art that are reflecting his taste or the taste of a given period.
We fell in love with Brian W. Ferry’s silent and composed images of Kettle’s Yard House at a first glance. The photographs are a beautiful ode to this modernist nest. Here, stand the works from the biggest names of art, all gathered together with the stray objects, furniture and ceramics. At Kettle’s Yard House- paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro meet sculptures of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. They found their site whilst keeping the memory of beauty that Jim Ede once had in mind. This memory turns a visitor into a curious grandchild who after long pursuit finally walks into a forgotten house, once owned by his artsy grandparents.
see more images of Kettle’s Yard House on Brian W. Ferry’s website
*Kettle’s Yard House is currently closed due to renovations on the site.
all images © Brian W. Ferry