More Is More Is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors

Rizzoli. Sept. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780847872374. $55. INTERIOR DESIGN
Maximalism is having a moment. Whether a backlash against the recent dominance of minimalist aesthetics or a lockdown-induced desire for renewed vitality in living spaces, bold juxtapositions of color, pattern, and texture present an unsubtle alternative to whitewashed shiplap. Designer and author Dellatore (Interior Design Master Class) pulls back the curtain on the trend in this celebration of exuberant excess. Architecture aficionados and decor DIY-ers will be inspired by lush photographs of expertly executed interiors illustrating key principles of maximalism. Captions from professional designers accompany each image, giving insight into their creation processes. The level of luxury on display, such as walls treated with 20 coats of cerulean blue lacquer, will be out of reach for most homeowners. But home decor fans looking for the wow factor will find much to swoon over. Tony Duquette, a celebrated practitioner of the genre, and other notable maximalist designers including Diana Vreeland and Albert Hadley, receive special mentions. Backmatter gives credit to photographers and page background patterns used throughout the book.
VERDICT This feast for the eyes is a great choice for libraries where aspirational home and garden books are popular.
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