Maximalist Design vs. Minimalist Design

by 1 January 07, 2017

Minimalist Design remains one of the most popular trends in Interior Design today.  Scandinavian countries like Sweden & Denmark have reintroduced Minimalist Design to America in a way that's more approachable.  By using natural materials like hand woven textiles, timber & accents of matte black, the Scandinavians version of Minimalist Design is chic and inviting. Nordic Kitchen, Star Chef, Rene' Redzepi The kitchen of Star Chef Rene' Redzepi in Copenhagen is a great example of Scandinavian Minimalism.  The challenge in Minimalist Design is to avoid creating a space that feels too austere or cold unless of course that's the look you're going for. I love the use of  timber beams.  Using a variety of different wood adds warmth.  The amazing wood burning stove doesn't hurt in cozying up this Minimalist Kitchen. Open Timber Beams, Scandinavian Decor, Celebrity Kitchen The custom dovetailed cabinets in Chef Redzepi's home kitchen are really beautiful.  The wood countertops and patina'd brass fixtures are a nice touch. This white modern kitchen found on JJ Locations is a good example of a Minimalist Design that's inviting and practical.  The mix of cold surfaces like marble, white walls and cabinets with Vintage decor makes for an interesting, clean modern look.  The addition of the Antique French Empire chandelier in addition to the Vintage art is for me what makes this space interesting. Classical Architecture, Herringbone Wood Floor, Modern Furniture I discovered this dining room on the Tumblr Blog A World of Colors and Music.  I like it because it's different and a bit eclectic for a Minimalist space.  The Contemporary, Antique & Vintage furnishings all work together.  Much of the success of this space has to do with its bones; original wide plank herringbone floors, wainscoting and ceiling rosette add loads of character.  The trio of white paper lanterns creates an interesting focal point for the room. Maximalist, Dawnridge, Duquette Moving to the opposite end of the design spectrum, we arrive at Maximalism.  Maximalist Design is the antithesis of Minimalist Design.  The word Maximalist immediately conjures up images of famed Interior Designer Tony Duquette who coined the phrase "More is More".   The living room of his former residence Dawnridge - source (Decor Arts Now) is a prime example of Maximalism at its finest. Practically every inch of wall space is covered in a decorative element yet the eye moves through the space unobstructed.  Not an easy feat to achieve!  Mr. Duquette was masterful at creating whimsical, glamorous, layered spaces.  Longtime friend and protege Hutton Wilkinson and his wife Ruth purchased Dawnridge after Mr. Duquette's passing.  Hutton Wilkinson, a talented interior designer in his own right wanted to maintain the integrity of this magical property.  I noticed the guest cottage at Dawnridge is now available for rent on Air bnb.  How cool is that? Royal Pavilion, Long Gallery, Chinoiserie, England, Palace I have to imagine Tony Duquette was greatly influenced by the Royal Palaces around the world. After all, who better to look to than the Royals for inspiration when it comes to over the top glamour. That custom designed Chinoiserie Chandelier & Matching Lanterns are to die for.  Johns Nash was the Architect.  Father & Son interior design team, Frederick and John Gregory Crace designed the interiors including much of the lighting, furniture and decorative pieces. In collaboration with King George IV, the designers incorporated Chinoiserie, Neo-classical and Gothic elements. Source - Brighton Museum Website Maximalist Interior, Paris, Yves St. Laurent Yves St. Laurent's homes around the world will forever be remembered for their exquisite Maximalist Design.  YSL's former apartment in Paris is a joy to behold.  The modern simplicity of the cream wool low pile rug, modern wood paneling and flat ceiling are a nice backdrop for the grandiose mix of 18th Century Italian sofas, 15th Century Tapestries and Modern Art.  The Floor to Ceiling mirror is pretty great too.  From what I've read, YSL decorated his Paris flat himself, perhaps with some assistance from long time companion Pierre Berge.  More on Pierre to come! Source - My Luscious Life Elegant Chinoiserie Dining Room by Pierre Berge, Longtime companion of Yves St. Laurent View from the drawing room into the dining room in Pierre Berge's Apartment in Paris.  I love the juxtaposition of the checkerboard marble floor with the antique blue chinoiserie wallpaper.  I love everything about this space.  I wouldn't want to have to dust, but it sure is pretty. Source - Mark D Sikes Maximalist Interior Decor To round up my Maximalist interiors, I present Sig Bergamin, Brazilian Interior Designer.  I recently discovered Sig's work while surfing the internet.  His use of color and textiles and his ability to layer is a thing of beauty.  This interior in Itapecerica Brazil is magical.  After pouring over Sig's portfolio, I was pleasantly surprised to learn all of his interiors are different and when I say different I mean completely different stylistically.  What his interiors all have in common is style, drama and that certain Je ne sais quois!  I highly recommend checking out his work in the link below. Source - Sig Bergamin Cheers! City of Z Design  


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