Monday, March 4, 2013

Extreme eclecticism in Rome

You know what I like about this interior? The very interesting, and unusual color scheme: the muted, analogous orange-yellow-green hues that are combined with purple, a hue that sits opposite of yellow on the color wheel.
Living Room; Rome, Italy. Axel Vervoordt. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

You know what I don't like?

I find the combination of two types of curtains (yellow-green at left, white-cream at right) very strange.
The fact that they also hang from two different heights accentuates the strangeness.

I find the mix of objects creating nothing more than a conflict.
An antique Italian mirror hanging above a slipcovered sofa (Vervoordt's own design), a bronze Thai Buddha torso next to a Louis XIII armchair (at right), a tall ornate cabinet at left, very decorative ceiling, ...
OK, the collection of objects might show that you appreciate many beautiful things from a variety of styles and periods but why would you want to put them all together in the same room?

To me, it's like you would start writing a book and you could not follow through with the idea, and in each new chapter you would jump to a completely different, unrelated topic leaving the previous topic in a forgotten state. Such a book would create a lot of anxiety to a potential reader.

In other words this interior is an extreme eclecticism - I see nothing more than too much variety, contrast and no underlying unity.

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  1. I've seen quite a few other interiors done this way: a bunch of unrelated things grouped (?) together. Nonsense.
    Vervoordt is a great designer, but this interior ...

    Thank you for your insights.

  2. I don't get this eclectic thing.

  3. @ G. Ponda: I like Axel Vervoordt. He has a very particular style, many of his interiors are austere, strict yet with touches of warmth.

    But, as I said in my post, I don't like what he did in this interior.


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