As its name insinuates, Kaleidoscope, the new interior design book by Gestalten, is bursting with color and designs. Showcasing a broad range of residential interiors, it avoids minimalism and regularity for spaces that make a loud and bold statement about their residents and re-imagine a way of living.
With no particular categorization or dominant style in mind, the editors, Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten and Victoria Pease, have assembled a diverse selection of interiors, interestingly a lot of them occupied by the designers themselves, which represent a powerful, confident, sometimes even strange personality and a uniqueness that feels stimulating in an age of global trends.
Some of the highlighted homes, like Klavs Rosenfalck’s Parisian apartment and Antonio Giuseppe Martiniello’s living and working quarters in Naples, impeccably blend the ancient, the vintage and the contemporary, the former merging ornate, Haussmannian interiors with sleek modernist and post-modernist furniture, the latter complementing a renewed 18th-century palazzo with new frescoes, red acrylic sliding doors and neon art.
Other designers have decided to manifest themselves in more cinematic expressions such as Rodolphe Parente’s Twin Peaks-inspired Parisian interiors ruled by bare concrete and polished red mahogany, Marie-Anne Oudejans’ blue-hued Mughal style hotel-bar in Jaipur, and Katie Graham’s 70s florid awareness in her Melbourne home.
Then there are those that have gone for the surreal—one of these being Danielle Moudaber who has suspended a planter with a mirrored bottom in lieu of a chandelier, or Frederique Morrel who has used bright vintage tapestries to upholster everything from furniture to lamps and stuffed animals—rounding up a remarkable collection that is as unmistakable as it is complex.