Welcome to Baroque April!
This month we delve into Baroque architecture and interior design. Baroque is on the trend list for 2017. I spent some time researching the period and its modern influence and discovered a world of information which could not be contained in one post.
Part 1 went down so well, with a glass of bubbles to celebrate a phenomenal woman of course. Now as promised, I’ll delve deeper into Kelly Wearstler‘s modern baroque style as well as influences in her design and furniture boutique. She is well-known for colorful mod-baroque commercial interiors, such as those of the Viceroy hotels in (Miami) and Santa Monica, the Avalon in Beverly Hills, and the Tides in Miami Beach. (The Decorologist)
Of her work, she has said: I’m an interior designer, listener, interpreter, creator. For me, design is storytelling. I bring the vision of a home or hotel to life by creating an evocative story through color, textures, patterns, and forms that are full of beauty, adventure, and soul. Each project is a unique exploration of curiosity and experimentation. I love what I do. (MyDomaine, 2016)
The Viceroy, Miami
Throughout her work for the Viceroy Hotel in Miami, Florida, we see the influences of baroque in the modern interior pieces and finishes. The bold and rich colour palette; the playful ceramic floors; luxurious and over the top ornaments; the attention to detail on the wall art; intricately designed and luxurious furniture; and gold frames: all of which are essential elements of the very opulent artistic period. And this opulence can be found in everything Kelly touches, but her modern baroque style is captured effortlessly in her commercial interiors below. An earlier era has certainly played an integral part in the chairs used for this space. She has also brought Eastern design touches to add flair and body.
The Tides, Miami
To say I am obsessed with the design of The Tides is an understatement. Kelly’s style is bold and unapologetic and often breaks the rules taught in design school. This fearlessness is the kind I would like to have in my designs. I would love for people to say these things about the work I create. The luxury and opulence really speaks to me. I am a brand ambassador for the love of these two aspects in design (read: ‘design snob’).
And Kelly continues not to disappoint. The pieces in her collection are stunning and of course my eye is now fine tuned to the baroque and Eastern design influences in her work. I’ve compiled some of my favourite pieces into a moodboard to commemorate , uhm, luxury and perfection. As this is my final post on Kelly’s work during Baroque April, I hope to have represented her work with the respect it deserves.
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