Is the minimalist trend dead? How the pandemic changed the design



I bet you haven’t thought about how a deadly virus is affecting interior design trends. Linking the two “seems absurd”, Spencer Kornhaber recently wrote for The Atlantic, “but this crisis is causing people to re-evaluate all kinds of things that were once taken for granted.” Even all the garbage that we have accumulated in our homes.

Before 2020, the minimalist style overwhelmed high-traffic furniture brands (from the staple Ikea to newcomers like Article) and popular interior design publications like Architectural Digest with its clean lines, clean surfaces and palettes. sparse colors.

As well as feeling a sense of self-discipline in the face of the mixture of what normally fills a home, there was an almost spiritual component to realizing that there is, indeed, very little that we need. A perfectly hand-thrown ceramic salad bowl placed just atop a well-carved reclaimed wood table seemed to reflect an ability to see the meaning of simplicity, the virtue of sacrifice, and the traps of madness.

But during the Spring 2020 calamity, public health efforts subconsciously doubled down on stripped down styling to make things cleaner and antiseptic – only this time prescribing actual sterile environments and downsizing design. Space has been controlled and saved, from the offices where we work to the aisles of the grocery stores where we do our shopping. As Kornhaber points out, the crisis has calmed the world. What was once soothing is now stereotypical and pedestrian.

While disinfection of public spaces is necessary to protect people during a pandemic, this cleanliness can translate into spaces ruled by scarcity and fear in our personal lives and homes. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we aspire to find creative ways to deliver the truth about what we want our lives to be and the inner abundance we experience when bad news is not at the forefront of our minds. As fleeting as life is – and as we understand how fleeting it is – we want to celebrate its wonder. And we do it in the way that we can control: with what we are surrounded by in our daily life and in our homes.

Today, after more than a decade of clean spaces and white-walled rooms, people are going in the opposite direction and filling their rooms with more of what matters to them and brings them joy – maybe by overcompensating a year of sacrifice. Minimalism is out, and Maximalism (or just filling your home with whatever you love) is in it.

The maximalist design (and mindset) encourages people to breathe life into their homes and back away from all of Marie Kondo’s seemingly impossible rules that demand order and mindfulness. In light of this, “maximalism throws away the rulebook.” These new spaces engage their inhabitants with color, texture, pattern and personality – an interior design boon, especially significant after more than a year spent mostly at home. Walls filled with your favorite colors and images that have meaning for your life story are welcome. A dozen pillows scattered across a sofa to make it more comfortable are also a maximalist boost. It feels good to look across the living room and see the needlepoint pillow your grandma helped you make, your friend’s watercolor painting, and the shelves full of tchotchkes collected over the years. years. These arouse joy, right?

Design authorities like Kristin Rocke – an award-winning interior designer in Salt Lake City – believe that while minimalism will never end, maximalism is here to stay.

We have reconsidered where and how we want to live, says Rocke. She has seen an influx of people relocating to Utah and, with that, a desire for new clients to be in “highly personalized spaces.”

And although nominally an antonym, maximalism is not a rejection of minimalism. It is a stronger call for individual expression. “We live more maximalist than minimalist,” says Peti Lau, an Los Angeles-based interior designer featured in Architectural Digest and on HGTV. “We have a lot of stuff. A maximalist space tells a story. He invites you to enter.

A touch of neon here and a bulky item there can be a reprieve from the next second year of rule, as well as a celebration of the abundance of our lives and happy memories. Correctly spaced gates have become essential in public spaces. Life outside the home has been controlled for the greater good. Per capita inventory limits instilled a need for abundance. Now, when we walk through our front doors, we want to reintegrate into ourselves and still feel joy and wonder. We are imperfect and full of life. Our spaces can be too.



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