i don’t quite remember how this came about, but one of my favorite young designers, nick olsen, posted a picture of this really chic apartment filled with gilded antiques, blue and white stripes, cobalt walls, all the things i love. i made a comment, he sent me an email with a little back ground on the space, then he was so kind to send me more images of the apartment- he coined the look “baroque minimalism”, and i have to say i love it!

the apartment of joan and lewis lapham was shot way back in 1988 for house & garden (please- someone bring this magazine back!). the editorial was by none other than andré leon talley. i love these images, especially the one of the little boy skateboarding around all the treasures.

most homes with a lot of gilt are too way over the top- most likely there are fancy silk fabrics, lot’s of trims, bursts of fussy color, and loads of ruffles mixed in. i love a gilt console and of course i love a gilt mirror, i usually like two, at the most three pieces mixed into a room, but have never subscribed to a lot of it until i saw this place- wow!

why is works is the clean white walls, unadorned floors, the adjacency of things, there is a sparsity, yet an abundance of beauty. it just works, of course it does, it’s “baroque minimalism”, and i love it!

thanks nick!







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