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Old 17th December 2010   #1
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Default ''Maximalism'' for 2011

I recall a fascinating thread that was posted on this forum last year, which discussed how one retired surgeon had decided to reject modernism in home design and to create a kind of neo-Baroque environment in his home.

It was encouraging to see, but its impact was limited by its singularity.

Well, a new article at a home-decorating web site proclaims the arrival of a whole new trend in design that is of a similar nature, called "Maximalism":

Says the piece:

According to the December/January House Beautiful, Glam, like steampunk and the New Victorian, will be right on trend for 2011. And if the steampunk-types are shrugging off any minimalist influences, the glam acolytes rally against them. It's all about more, more, and more. More color, more pattern, more cultures, more...stuff. The glam style seems to be a lighthearted free-for-all with a historical bent, and with influence from some of the past century's most revered interior designers

I very much appreciate the association of this "Maximalist" style with another mode that Maureen and Tamika have discussed on this forum: Neo-Victorianism, or New Victorianism (also called "steampunk," although I prefer the Victorianism terms). And goodness, doesn't a movement that "rallies against minimalism" and wants "more, more, and more" fit in perfectly with the opulent aesthetic of plus-size beauty? The "historical bent" is also appealing.

I don't care for all of the examples that the article provides, but I do like this illustration, exemplifying the maximalist style:

The related, linked article about New Victorianism features the House Beautiful editor interviewing a number of designers, who identify Neo-Victorian and New Ruralism as two of the trends that will be dominant in 2011. When I heard the latter, I had to wonder if these don't correspond to Classic Lolita and Country Lolita, two of the historically inspired fashion styles that have been discussed on the forum in the past.

At any rate, I'd like to think that the rise of these historicist and unmistakably anti-modern styles, and in particular the "maximalist" aesthetic behind them, represents a burgeoning rejection of minimalism and the "aesthetics of guilt" that have been held over since the 20th century, and finally herald the dawning of an Aesthetic Restoration that will usher in timeless, Old World aesthetics. Certainly such a change would have to mean a renewed appreciation for the fuller female figure, with "maximalist" models taking the place of "minimalist" models (i.e., plus-size goddesses replacing straight-size androgynes).
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