I love nothing more than seeing modernised versions of historic interior design styles, and one that comes in mind is the Neo Baroque aesthetic. An amalgamation of the extravagance and pomp of the 1600’s Baroque, and the fun and whimsy of today, Neo Baroque is a quirky and entertaining style that is bound to grab your attention.
Neo-Baroque takes the opulence of the heavy curved contours, stuccowork, extravagant motifs, and dark and moody hues associated with the Baroque style, and fuses it with modern materials and the incorporation of a more current colour palette. A piece you might be familiar with is Philippe Starck’s Louis XV Ghost Armchair for Kartell: offering a similar silhouette to the traditional Louis XV chair, however instead of a timber frame and upholstered seat and back, Starck’s version uses translucent injection-moulded polycarbonate for a quirky yet elegant design.
This bold interior design style is often used within the luxury hospitality industry, as establishments want to create a destination in itself, as opposed to just offering a comfortable space for their guests. A name that you’ll often see associated with a Neo-Baroque interior design aesthetic, especially in the hospitality world, is none other than the great Dutchman, Marcel Wanders. His famous projects, such as the Mondrian South Beach in Miami and Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, to name a few, attract people from all over the globe thanks to the whimsical and dramatic interiors – which, might I add, is not everyone’s cup of tea. Neo-Baroque references can be seen in architectural features (such as the Mondrian South Beach’s grand floating staircase and spindle-like columns) as well as in the furniture to create a bold impression.
Although it may not be a design aesthetic for everyone, you can’t deny that Neo Baroque is a fun interpretation of the extravagant and over-embellished interiors of the 1600’s. Take a look through the colourful photos below to get a better understanding of the theatrical style.