Is Minimalism Dead? Trump’s Surprising Impact On Interior Design Trends

Recently, famous interior decorators have been shifting away from clean lines, muted colors, and geometric designs in favor of the lavish, ornate, and redundant. Tacky or grandiloquent?

Ever since the apparition of the Bauhaus movement in the 1920’s and 30’s architectural and product design has characterized for prioritizing simplicity and function. In a world economy where resources are increasingly scarcer and competition fiercer, popular culture and art has generally turned away from the heavily adorned and instead has embraced the sober.

Pioneer of modern architecture Mies Van der Rohe once famously said “Less is more”. That concept has permeated society to our days. Our laptops, house appliances and cellphones are testimony of it.

But very recently, a small lot of renowned interior designers seem to be going back to previous styles like Rococo, characterized for over-the-top adornment, natural patterns and an all-round exuberant feel.

New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff, who labels her style as ‘Maximalist’ told Business Insider, “I consider myself to have a big personality, and I’m interested in a lot of different things. I wouldn’t be able to show who I was if I were a minimalist. I don’t dress minimalistically, and my apartment also isn’t designed in that way.

“A lot of these very commercial furniture companies do very modern furniture … and I think people are getting bored of this look, and getting bored of having what everyone else has.” Read more on…