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Interview with Kelly Wearstler:

'Luxury isn't about wealth, it's more about a feeling than a special quality'

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler is one of the most identifiable figures in modern interior design. She combines styles, textures and stories to create design masterpieces and believes successful designs for the future should embrace the old and the new. Her emphasis is on 'eclectic' design. In a recent interview with Dezeen, she explains she is fascinated by subtlety, and sees her choice of design as limitless and fluid.

Photo: Kelly Wearstler.

Redefining 'luxury' is something she strives to achieve through her creative work, explaining luxury isn't about wealth, and is more about a feeling than a special quality. It is a way of design which brings together an eclectic mix of texture, sensation, storytelling, and thoughtful curation.

One of Wearstler's design strategies involves mixing vintage and antique items with contemporary pieces to create a luxurious experience. This approach is evident in her residential and retail projects, influenced by her upbringing where she attended antique shows with her mother, who was an antique dealer.

Wearstler lives her design philosophy. Her home is a 1950s beachfront cottage in Malibu which showcases her design philosophy with hand-crafted, rustic furnishings suited to the coastal setting.

Despite her love for vintage, Wearstler recognises the importance of embracing contemporary innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) in one's design masterpieces. Her studio has been utilizing generative AI since 2021 to generate ideas and push the boundaries of design.

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