Remembering Mario Buatta, the Prince of Chintz

Mario Buatta

The interior decorator hailed for decades as the Prince of Chintz because of his signature use of floral fabrics, died in NYC on October 15, 2018.

Remembering Mario Buatta, the Prince of Chintz

“Color is a mood setter,” he told Ingrid Abramovitch. “It can make you feel great. But people have a fear of color. They’re afraid of what their friends will say or not say.”

A decorating legend, the king of pattern and color. He has left an indelible mark on the world of interior design. And he has a special meaning to us here at Impeccable Nest.  When we first enrolled in design school, we were encouraged to take workshops that were offered throughout our course of study, and our first one was Timeless Design.

Timeless Design

I was asked to research and present on Mario Buatta, and encouraged to explore and describe what made his designs timeless.  And that is just what they are: timeless.  Buatta pushed the boundaries of color and pattern, in way that was playful and traditional.  He brought the English Countryside to America in a bold and whimsical manner.  He has also challenged the design trends of minimalism that are popular today due to his belief that homes should look as though they’re lived in, not a display.

Not a display…

That definitely seems to be on the up and up these days, and Mario Buatta wanted his designs to look as though they were created over time; not bought all at once. He’s been recently quoted as saying, “Young people today have no reference. They don’t want Grandma’s furniture, they don’t want anything brown, they don’t want anything old. It’s weird, it’s very weird.”  He was man who believed that more is more, whether its through color, pattern or accessories.  And he was  a big personality and leader in the design industry that will be missed.

“If you don’t like chintz, don’t come to me”



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