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I love a clean, white space. I truly admire the quiet restraint of minimalism. Calm, quiet simplicity is a beautiful thing. But, if I'm being completely honest, it's just not my thing. Maximalism - to me - is an indicator of a life well lived. Surrounding oneself with signifiers - be they tchotchkes gathered on trips, arm loads of jewelry collected over time, artwork, textiles - is like being with family.

Iris Apfel, the infamous 90 some-odd year old New York textile designer and style icon, embodies maximalism with ease. Taking a hard line, Apfel "think[s] being totally minimal shows a lack of history and soul," proclaiming "it’s wonderful to have stuff and live with memories and things you enjoy." 

Viewing "good design as self expression," Apfel blazes the trail for those who just don't give a damn. Though this modern muse has been written about countless times, it's impossible not to give notice to such joy and individuality. We should all be so lucky to live just one afternoon with such irreverence. 

 

Quotes via TMagazine, Iris Apfel Doesn't Do Normcore.

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


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