There aren’t many 11-year-old boys who would spend their allowance on an 18th century lap desk — but Mario Buatta did, buying the $12 antique that would become first in his fascinating collection. But then, Mr. Buatta has never been one for following a crowd.
For over half a century, the New York-based decorator has been swathing rooms in flamboyant color and ornate detail, in resolute avoidance of the trending minimalism. Where clean lines and greige paint ruled the masses, the ‘Prince of chintz,’ as he’s affectionately come to be known, celebrates overabundance with flourish. Mr. Buatta’s unapologetically opulent English country scenes of floral and brocades, gilded paintings and drape valances, have drawn the likes of Jackie Onassis and Mariah Carey to his client list.
Dive into the gallery to get a better sense of the personal style of the man whose talents are appreciated the world over.
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