While my true calling is extreme minimalism, in every sense of the term, maximalism has its place, not in my home, but perhaps yours. Where I would be completely comfortable moving into the Donald Judd Foundation and sleeping on a rug on the floor of an otherwise barren room, that’s not for everyone. Maximalism is minimalism’s often forgotten sibling because, unless impeccably curated, maximalism can easily look less chic and more like an episode of Hoarders. However, when well done, few things are more impressive than a room filled to the brim that doesn’t feel overcrowded or cluttered.Since the divorce of architectural and interior design (once a single job shared by one individual) designers have been curating their homes and the homes of others with bizarre, wild, and sometimes gaudy abandon.
Tony Duquette, whose work ranges from sets and costumes for Fred Astaire musicals to jewelry for Gucci, also embodied the bizarre boldness of maximalism. His work in film, fashion, fine art, interior design, and jewelry design helped set the tone for what is accepted as contemporary maximalism. If this were music he would be The Beatles, his voice is present everywhere, still today.A few favorite contemporary sources to use for a maximalist idea book are Kelly Wearstler, Catherine Martin, and House of Hackney. All three offer great products and ideas ranging from wallpaper and rugs, to chachkies and furniture. The best place to start with maximalism is finding the things you love and let them drown you start a collection of something, start a collection of collections.