Claire Bingham is an interiors journalist who writes about architecture, design, and style for several publications worldwide. Before becoming an author with her first book, Modern Living, she was the Homes Editor for Elle Decoration UK and her work has been featured in international glossies, including Vogue Living and Architectural Digest. Scouring the globe for inspiring interiors and discovering the talents behind the scenes, she is interested in well-considered design that fits with our individual needs. Ultimately, she writes about the design and decoration of people's homes and how they like to live.
Marie Kondo's maxim of minimalism has been the law of the land for the last few years, but the design journalist Claire Bingham proposes a different approach. She praises a degree of disunity in "A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism" (teNeues, $55, 192 pp.). "Orderliness is overrated," she writes. "Scuffed, stuffed or full-throttle pattern clash--repeat after me: 'Bless this mess.'" It's an apt mantra for an age of anxiety, and it comes into focus via the kaleidoscopic homes of tastemakers like Victoire de Taillac of the beauty brand Buly 1803 (note her rainbow-striped staircase) and the designer Sussy Cazalet (a wall-spanning chalkboard has pride of place in her living room). Jeremy Allen, New York Times