The pandemic has changed the way we look at the world. It renewed a love of indoor glamour and outdoor spaces. It also changed the way we relate to our homes.
Homes have become multifunctional. For some, that meant clearing away the extras, but for others, that meant surrounding themselves with beautiful things that make them feel safe and comfortable.
Cluttercore is a new interior design movement. It is not associated with mess and untidiness but rather an intentional approach to organised clutter.
Cluttercore is about loving all the beautiful things that you already own. The objects capture a story and are a reflection of who you are. This joyful maximalism offers vibrant colour and texture, patterns and prints.
Minimalism has dominated design media, where people are advised to get rid of items from their homes that don't "spark joy". But it couldn't last forever. Many people feel that they can't live that way.
In contrast, cluttercore proponents admit that they have a lot of stuff they have collected and take pleasure in arranging them in interesting ways.
Wealthier nations are prone to rid themselves of tons of unwanted stuff every year, often dumping the items on poorer countries that lack the infrastructure to deal with it. Cluttercore counters the explosion of "stuff."
Just because an item doesn't spark joy now doesn't mean that you won't like it in the future. It gives us a reason to keep it as each item has a story. They are part of our lives.