Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Maximalism

I had to do some quick googling to figure out what the opposite aesthetic of industrial was, google told me it was modern. In a way that makes sense, as the industrial aesthetic is often industrial parts that have been reclaimed and repurposed into furniture or other hose décor. A majority of these parts are often rough, imperfect, and have to be chopped, screwed, welded, or even melted in order to be re used. The industrial aesthetic has a darker pallet color as well. In contrast the modern aesthetic is the opposite. The color pallet is often bright including a variety of whites and off whites, the materials are also always perfect, as the works are created for serving only one intention, and it is rare that modern works use reclaimed materials. In my mind however I also love the maximalist aesthetic which I believe is also a very close opposite to industrial. While the maximalist aesthetic also uses a lot of upcycling, it includes a wide array of any and/or every material instead of just mostly wood, metal, and bricks like the industrial aesthetic. The maximalist aesthetic also includes a wide array of colors, if not all, it also bring a more bubbly and softer feeling to the room instead of the rough, yet cozy aesthetic of industrial furniture. So for my sketch I decide to do both the maximalist and modern aesthetic. On the left side I created two modern aesthetics, it would use the same metal and wood from my industrial build, but instead of applying a patina of shellac, which would allow for the rough texture of the reclaimed wood to be seen and felt, in order to create more of a modern aesthetic the wood could be covered with an epoxy giving a smooth and soft feeling. The metal walls could also be finely painted in a nice modern off white to ensure the “openness” of the design. on the other hand the maximalist planter I drew I considered using only wood. I though creating a planter stand that plays on shapes is a classic maximalist thing that would create a lot of depth and add a lot of fun to the room. Several things could be done to the wood. But a colorful epoxy that adds a two tone effect to the wood would really help it pop, and bee seen as rather mystical and very maximalist.

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  • Hey, sorry for the late reply! I think the maximalist sketch you provided could be ramped up even further! I think including plants on every level would add to the aesthetic. I feel like maximalist uses every possible inch of space to decorate while the industrial really lets the materials speak for themselves.


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