STYLE AT HOME: What is it about obelisks that you love?
TOMMY SMYTHE: Obelisks are ancient symbolic objects – ubiquitous and important architectural monuments in many societies, from ancient Egypt to modern day. Obelisks are stately, elegant and beautiful, and I’m drawn to their sculptural quality and height. They make for a very stunning collection.
S@H: Where do you display your obelisks?
TS: They’re great on fireplace mantels, consoles or entrance hall tables –
anywhere you want to explore the idea of having a dramatic vertical
object. Obelisks are a striking design element, but they’re also something
you never tire of, because they’re such a classic ancient symbol.
S@H: Where is the best place to shop for them?
TS: The great thing about obelisks is that they’re available in all kinds of
materials and in all kinds of places. I’ve purchased them at garage sales,
antiques shops and flea markets. When I’m decorating and accessorizing,
I’m drawn to objects that have a history to them, and each obelisk you
find will have a story attached to it. You can often bring them home
as a memento from a trip. A Carrara marble obelisk from Carrara, Italy,
for example, makes a lovely souvenir that’s quite chic!