Dennis Landon’s collections, however, were gathered primarily for function. He is an avid cook and baker, sometimes offering cooking and baking lessons from his home kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. His collections of bakeware and cookware are quite extensive, and they are very frequently put to use. When it became apparent that his vast collection of Bundt pans and cake molds could no longer be kept stacked on open metal shelving (there were a few noisy topples) he collaborated with his friend, Bernie Wong, to devise a system that would both corral and attractively display his treasured collection. Dennis and Bernie shared their photographs of the project and have allowed me to showcase the results on the blog. I hope you enjoy them!
A corner of his basement was consigned for remodeling and they began the process of designing and building a new system of shelves that would beautifully display the collection while also keeping it close at hand.
Before beginning, the ceiling of this section of the basement had to be dry-walled and painted. Track lighting was also installed to better illuminate the shelves.
Each of the shelving units were designed, built and painted by Bernie and Dennis. As inspiration, Dennis suggested using the dimensions of the top portion of a Martha Stewart craft cabinet, once sold through Home Decorators, that he had purchased secondhand at a tag sale. The dimensions worked perfectly to house his collection.
Bernie made sketches of the shelves first, with all of the dimensions clearly listed. He and Dennis then set about building each of the shelving units; four in total. They were then painted Martha's signature "Bedford Gray" (along with the ceiling) before being secured to the walls. (Dennis had a small can of Martha's "Bedford Gray" paint and had it colour matched at his local paint store).
The Bundt pans and cake molds fit perfectly into the shelves and look so beautiful on display. One-inch dowels were used to keep the larger pans safely upright; some of them are quite heavy.
This glass cabinet was once on Dennis's kitchen counter top. To free up counter space, he decided to place it in the new shelves to display smaller collections of tart pans.
Small tart tins, mini iron skillets and cookie cutters quickly filled this cabinet. (On the shelf below is a vintage aluminum gingerbread mold made in Wisconsin).
Included in the glass cabinet is some of Dennis's Martha by Mail collection.
The final results are so excellent! Bernie says the next project will be finding a storage solution for the madeleine pans, shown still resting on the floor.
With some of the leftover wood materials, Bernie came up with the perfect storage solution for Dennis's collection of French tart rings.
Among the books is this is very rare collectible: Martha's "Entertaining 1985 Engagement Calendar."
I know Dennis is thrilled with the finished shelves. Now he can access his collection quickly and easily with everything on view. I hope you find these photos inspiring! I know I do! Maybe they'll help you come up with a way to display one of your own collections.