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Exploring the Great, Wide World of Glam and Maxed-Out Maximalism

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According to the December/January House Beautiful, Glam, like steampunk and the New Victorian, will be right on trend for 2011. And if the steampunk-types are shrugging off any minimalist influences, the glam acolytes rally against them. It's all about more, more, and more. More color, more pattern, more cultures, more...stuff. The glam style seems to be a lighthearted free-for-all with a historical bent, and with influence from some of the past century's most revered interior designers. After the jump, the full-on rundown.

The maximalist style of the late, great Tony Duquette still reigns supreme in the world of Glam, but as House Beautiful sees the style "moving away from so much Technicolor," Duquette's influence may be more about the eclectic maximalism and powers of scale he came to master than the aggressive colorways he favored. His various California residences served as test beds for his designs, and in them are detectable the aspects of his designs that are most applicable to a 2011 sensibility. The great hall in his West Hollywood studio (above), for example, shows how his penchant for bold colors could be restrained. The kitchen of his Malibu ranch (below), on the other hand, demonstrates a cacophony of color that is perhaps out of step with today's interpretation of glam decor.


Perhaps no living decorator has taken to glam more adroitly than Kelly Wearstler (above). The Playboy centerfold turned design doyenne has channelled Duquette's skill at mixing styles and cultures, while employing a limited palette for more refined modern results. If Wearstler has anything to say about it, wild color schemes are fair game, so long as the sheer number of bold colors is limited. She combined curvaceous midcentury forms with strong shades of green and fuschia—grounded with brown, black, and white—in her 2009 design for the Viceroy Miami hotel (below).


One of the unique challenges of glam is incorporating disparate objects, be they different in color or scale or cultural origin, into a cohesive, sensible whole. Here are three go-tos to get the gears turning:


? Dorothy Draper gilt tufted bench | c. 1950 | $4,800 [1stDibs]
Who better to trust with introducing a little glamour to your home than the grandmother of the genre, mid-20th-century decorator Dorothy Draper? This gilt bench appears to be dripping with gold, but it's covered in a versatile, subdued fabric.


? Ethos 10' x 14' silk carpet | 2010 | $19,599 [ABC Carpet and Home]
For some lush color, look no further than this carpet from NYC home furnishings and accessories mainstay ABC Carpet and Home—just be prepared to pay for the privilege.


? Italian 12- Armed Murano Glass Chandelier | c. 1940s | $9,800 [1stDibs]
This delicately formed chandelier, produced by the skilled glassworkers of Murano, Italy, has the glamorous fragility of a Hollywood starlet. Just hang it high enough the kids can't get at it.
And lastly, as a visual treat, here are two of Wearstler's recent projects:


? Wearstler's privated residence, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Listed in October for $46M!)


? Wearstler's BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC
· Tony Duquette [official site]
· Kelly Wearstler [official site]
· Viceroy Miami [official site]
· Designer Kelly Wearstler Lists Maximalist Estate at Maximalist Price [Curbed National]
· All Kelly Wearstler coverage [Curbed National]
· The New Victorians, Steampunk, and All That Not-Yet-Jazz [Curbed National]