To the Max

In a world of trending minimalism and reductive decor, it brings up one’s heart rate to see a room with a little pizzazz. But a vibrant and formidable point of view has always been interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s MO. The Los Angeles–based owner of the lifestyle brand Kelly Wearstler Studio became a worldwide phenomenon in the 2000s for her visionary boutique hotel and commercial and residential designs, spaces that draw on sources as disparate as 1930s Hollywood glamour and the graphic arts. Pictured here, from the new book By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers (Phaidon, 2021), is a Malibu living room that makes a bold statement with natural materials like marble, leather, metal, and wood. The book is a collaborative effort by a nominating committee of more than 90 industry experts such as Ronnie Fieg, CEO and founder of Kith, and Hanya Yanagihara, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and it showcases the most influential designers of a generation. Of Wearstler, the Phaidon editors write, “Unlikely combinations of eras and forms are provocative yet thoroughly thought out, buoyed by a postmodern sensibility in which anything goes but everything comes together.” Check out our nine maximalist finds to elevate your living space.

1. Miramar Accent Lamp in Porous White Kelly Wearstler //
2. Overland Tufted Leather Chaise Lounge Crate and Barrel //
3. Hissa Sculpture Barclay Butera //
4. Pilar Hand Tufted Wool Rug Pottery Barn //
5. Bingham Coffee Table Burke Decor //
6. Circle Back Chair Gregg Lipton Design //
7. Teak Oscar Rack Ethnicraft //
8. Magma Morningstar Stone & Tile //
9. Stern View, 2017, oil on canvas, 7’ x 5½’ John Walker //

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