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Words by Tilly Stewart

Photo: Trevor Tondro

"Surrealism is based on the belief in the omnipotence of dreams, in the undirected play of thought."


- Andre Breton

This week's blog is all things surrealism, escapism and maximalism within the interior design world!



Escapism is necessary in our society today- for many obvious reasons- and with numerous different forms of it at our fingertips, it’s easy to overlook it in interior design. At its core, escapism is about creating an environment that transports us to another reality, where creativity can flourish. Surrealism is a key element of escapism as it enables us to challenge the creative norms of interior design and create spaces that allow us to escape the mundane.

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Organic House by Javier Senosiain

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Photo: Jaime Navarro Soto

How can we incorporate escapism and surrealism into our own interior design? A good way to start is by experimenting with colour, choosing hues that evoke emotion and ignite your imagination. Seek unconventional furniture and art that challenges your perceptions.

Palais Bulles by Pierre Cardin

Photo: Yves Gellie

I personally find escapism in interiors that follow the design movement of maximalism and instantly draw you in through curiosity- Kelly Wearstler does just that with her projects.

"I view my interiors as sculptures. I want to create a sense of adventure with artful pieces that tell a story"


- Kelly Wearstler

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler 

Maximalism in interior design can be created through the juxtaposition and spontaneity of materials, colours and patterns. Looking to design and create interiors that stimulate and evoke emotions whilst also offering a sensory experience. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler 

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler 

So, surrealism, escapism and maximalism can come together in interior design to create alternate realities and truly captivating spaces where your imagination can run wild- just like storytelling. Surrealism injects the whimsical and intrigue into the design, escapism offers a break from reality and allows you to step into another world and finally, maximalism enhances the immersive experience through vibrant colours, textures and patterns. When these three things are combined in interior design, the only limit is your imagination. 

"surrealism is breaking free from rules and structures, breaking free from the logical world. after years of rules and confinement, we are craving the escape that is surrealism."


- Carmen Ellis

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Photo: Courtesy of Reisinger Studio 

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Photo: Courtesy of Reisinger Studio 



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