While I admire the beauty of clean modernism and cozy Scandinavian simplicity, really, I think I've always been color-obsessed, with prints and pattern invariably factoring into the equation. It's not even a conscious inclination, I just gravitate to bold colors, graphic shapes, layers and texture, and all the stylized tchotchkes in all the land. #notaminimalist
There's probably some science behind it all – the notion that people see and even recognize their external experiences in distinctly visual and thematic ways. Just take a cursory glance at a person's Instagram feed to see this in action.
But lately, in our current design climate where Grey is king and strategic pops of color are acceptable, the merits of opulent, maximalist, pattern-centric and colorful designs seem underappreciated, maybe even under fire. It's as if they're viewed as the designs of the naively exuberant who just haven't quite had time to hone their eye – too often dismissed under the blanket assumption that "It just needs more editing," or "Coco Chanel once famously said..."
If I had a piece of jewelry for every time that quote was directed at me, Oh, hey! I'd be just so fabulous!
While I know design aesthetics flow in and out of the zeitgeist, trends come and go, and on many occasions I find myself appreciating and incorporating bits of the serene in my designs, I always seem to find my way back to color/pattern/texture.
That's why I'm pleased to see a growing resurgence right now in favor of bold designs. Images of the above pictured Leo's Oyster Bar are everywhere, swiftly inundating the design blogosphere as of late.
And seriously, have you seen the most recent CB2 catalog? Matthew Williamson's London Eclectic collection for the beloved retailer makes my traditional-with-a-twist heart soar.
Even the recent release of Rebecca Atwood's Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home, though a softer approach to pattern mixing, reaffirms the already established concept:
There will always be room for the the bold, eclectic and whimsical, even under the watchful rein of minimalism.