Interior Design certainly is an art form and when I say Beyond Interior Design – The Art of the Room is in my humble opinion a room which is unto itself a work of art. It will usually have one of more of these ingredients:
- Embody classical elements
- Represent the work of skilled artisans and craftsmen
- Demonstrate creativity in the use of materials
- Regardless of personal design preferences be recognized for its contribution to interior design
- Include the decorative arts
Iksel Decorative Arts – All of their work is amazing!
The furnishings are not contributing to the artistry of the room in this example.
Petworth House Marble Room
Gianni Agnelli Bedroom
Alberto Pinto – Palais Marrakech
This room has all the ingredients.
Hotel Particulier in Paris
The Hotel again. Love the color palette and wall decor. Particularly the running ornament rather than a chair rail.
Hotel Particulier NY
The Gilt Room at Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales
Francoise Joseph Graf Paris Apartment
Dries Van Noten, Lier, Belgium
I love to blog about how fashion and interior design parallel each other and predict trends in our life styles. So I was really excited with the below excerpt from Point of View in the November 2014 issue of Vogue.
“What’s your FANCY?
“Fashion continues its maximalist trend this month, with embellishments everywhere, silhouettes that are the reverse of skimpy, and a general sense of JOY AND PLENTY in the details. The equation is really pretty simple: Instead of narrow, GO WIDE. Instead of plain, GO FANCY. Instead of less, GO MORE.
“The daytime mood is expressed with a certain CASUAL INSOUCIANCE. Think fringe, folk embroidery, ruffles or poet sleeves, stripes like licorice candies, a FISTFULL OF RINGS, and a wristful of bangles…….””After dark, the embellishments turn richer and MORE OPULENT: burnished gold beading, warm gold sequins…in a word, GOLD.
“There is, admittedly, a DOLLOP OF HEDONISM in all this lavishness, all this decoration. Don’t fight it–embrace it like an unexpected (but frankly, well-deserved) compliment.”
Classical Addiction Version for the Interior Design Point of View
Go Maximalist with embellishments everywhere………
Or targeted Embellishments like this fabulous niche. Notice the industrial heating and air conditioning grilles. Beaux-Artes Louis XIV grille would be a handsome replacement .
Target the Entrances with grand ornamentation.
Love this plaster piece from Decorators Supply to transform a door header 54-3/4″ x 12″ x 1-7/8″
Joy and Plenty in the details
Beaux-Artes Empire escutcheon
The master of Joy in the Details, Howard Slatkin’s NY apartment see blog all about him.
Embellish Architectural features
Think fringe, embroidery, ruffles
Gold Mother of Pearl
Kelly Wearstler Closet various metallic leaf.
Beaux-Artes Arabesque Panels on Gold Leaf