Welp, 2022’s come and gone (evidently, time flies when you’re making up for a pandemic). But if there’s one look that’s following us into 2023, it’s the vintage aesthetic —with a twist, of course. See, last year, our homes were defined by nostalgia. From the return of '70s walnut wood to the revival of Bauhaus-style lighting, each trend seemed to be more sentimental than the last. Hence why this year, designers in France, Italy and the US are pairing down the look with a total oxymoron: minimal maximalism. “It’s working with clean, neutral or tonal palettes (borrowing from minimalism), then keeping things visually interesting by incorporating ornamental furniture or a variety of textures (hello, maximalism),” explains editor Candace Davison.
Our first reaction? We gotta cozify this look for winter. So below, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to creating a minimal-maximalist dinner party—from decor, plates and serveware to cocktail, dinner and dessert recipes.