ONE LOOK THROUGH our Décor Archives and you will notice immediately that there are very few contemporary interiors and a thorough fondness for maximalism. We've always favoured traditional or new traditional styles to anything modern, being drawn instead, to ornamentation―gilded mirrors and chandeliers, toile and boiserie and crown canopies. The closest we've ever ventured to the modern or minimal is ornate austerity.
YOU MAY REMEMBER the term ornate austerity used here quite a few times before, sometimes referring to the work of Gilles et Boissier or Andrée Putman, but most often referring to Joseph Dirand, and so was thrilled to come across a recent article in The New York Times featuring the architect’s elegantly spare Seventh Arrondissement apartment.
. . . as you know, have been, recently, very much into the notion of ornate austerity, that is, a maximalist’s interpretation of minimalism, and interior designer rose uniacke’s sprawling london home with its rather sparse furnishings, is the embodiment of just that — keeping things simple and in a neutral colour palette, to better showcase the grandeur of the spectacular vaulted ceilings and crown mouldings, crystal chandeliers and sweeping staircases and fireplaces . . .
WE ARE IN the midst of a heatwave and it's intense. Even I, who is always cold, am overheating a little and during last night's cardio, it felt like I was in a sweat lodge. Of course, I've never actually been in a sweat lodge, but it felt like what I imagine being in what would feel like.
THERE IS A LINE from a Bruce Springsteen song that goes: “I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face“⏤and while I don’t want to change my face, I do like to change my clothes (often), and my hair (sometimes⏤in fact, just last week). A friend once asked me if I changed my décor tastes to match where I happen to be living at the time (she was visiting us in Spain), and I realise that yes, yes I guess I do.