Mr Oda's guide to being a collector

“I’ve been collecting various objects and furniture as I go along,” says Noritsugu Oda. “My ultimate goal is to build a design museum, which doesn’t yet exist in Japan.” Here are his top five tips for aspiring collectors.

Follow your heart: You don’t have to take an academic approach to collecting. Buy things you truly like.

But don’t lose your head: When it comes to buying, be careful to stay within the price range that you can afford.

Do it for pleasure: Collect something that doesn’t have anything to do with your main occupation.

Don’t follow the herd: It’s easier to start collecting things that other people aren’t. When other people start collecting the same things as you it becomes much more difficult.

Build your knowledge: Don’t only collect objects – try to collect the related documents and collateral material that goes with them. It will give you a deeper understanding of what you’re collecting.

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