Minimalissimo


LinePosters is a lovely collection of modern, minimal and graphic interpretations of popular city transit systems, created by graphic designer, Cayla Ferari and engineer, John Breznichy. The first poster began with an illustration of the NYC subway designed by Cayla for their first apartment together. Then, after receiving compliments and encouragement from family and friends, they designed a first black and white offset poster, selling from card tables throughout NYC. Subsequently, the hobby turned into a business. Now the collection is compounded by more emblematic cities, such as London, Tokyo or Sydney, and available in several colour combinations as well as other materials, like t-shirts and various stationary.


Ali Chocolate Boutique by a01 Architektai, located in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, is painted with a restrictive palette of stark white. Beyond the minimalistic palette, the interior features titled columns, furniture surfaces and metal details, guiding customers to view the delicious delicacies showcased by a beautiful golden light fixture. A service island is located in the middle of the space, accessible and visible from all sides, which customers and employees orbit around. Two types of zones for indulging in chocolate and drinks are arranged either side of the space. The bar-height tables are designed for enjoying a quick espresso and piece of cake, whereas the lounge tables were designed for a more comfortable tasting of delicacies. The architects explain: The large and active light fixture, decorated with a golden mirror, was designed to provide a contrast to the passive environment, giving the interior the impression of liveliness, absorbing the colours, smells and tastes that surround it, as well as emitting a warm mood. A real treat, in more ways than one. Photography by Darius Petrulaitis.


Roderick’s Analog Watch is a refined and light-weight timepiece. Currently existing as a concept design only, and not yet in production, this piece is conceived on the idea of simplifying the stereotypical form of the analogue watch as much as possible while retaining its functionality and ease of use. Purposely designed in a way that has a sense of transparency of form and a physical connectedness to the user, through wear there is a unique and differentiated formal quality. The hands of the watch are attached to the circumference thus enabling it (the face) to be hollow. The way in which it opposes traditional formal expectations, the design takes the idea of its minimalist rhetoric to another level. Designed to be unisex and non-identifiable on a gender level is not a new approach, but in this case, creates an opportunity for a differing aesthetic based on its wearer; adding another level of identity. In a market where the analogue is in direct competition with the emerging wearables market, creates a sense of differentiated value is essential. This is a very clever nod. Photography courtesy of Roderick/TokyoFlash.


Minimalux, the UK based brand, wears its heart on its sleeves; the name itself leaves no room for doubting about the main influence for each project. Unsurprisingly, one of the most beloved minimal objects, the cube, is remixed to great effect to become the multi-color Neon. It’s worth noting that you may see a neon light visually, but there are none. It is nothing but an illusion. Here’s how the effect works: A folded steel box houses a common compact fluorescent lamp. No surprise there. The twist is where the light manages to surface, through the thin linear openings on each border of the cube. Thus, with a mix of clever angles and materials, emerges the Neon effect. This is very subdued lighting, far from being suitable as primary source for daily use. It is an extraordinary protagonist for lounge areas and as a supporting player for complex projects. Another surprising move is the color variance for Neon. Available in five colors: white, blue, green, yellow and pink. This is concrete proof that minimalism can retain its main qualities even when it goes beyond the reliable black and white. Neon-clad artist Dan Flavin would be proud.


Danish womenswear designer Vibe Johansson sets a quiet tone with her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. It is all about purity, shelter and a new awareness for sensory surroundings: Turned off, faded out, allowing silence to fill our thoughts. When stripped from all exterior noise, one returns to self. But what does that actually look like? Sculptured silhouettes are carefully built by immaculate layering. Lamb fur, heavy locked jersey and wool protect the wearer, while organza silk, sheer cotton and angora balance the weight and provide the collection with textured contrasts. Nevertheless, Vibe Johansson fulfils the promise of designing a style which suits your everyday life by completing the looks with tactile closures and functional zips. It is a pleasure to dive into detailed descriptions of this multilayered collection. But looking at the imagery of Hodur Ingason, it also very much speaks for itself. Photography by Hordur Ingason, art direction by Marlo Saalmink, and styling by Vibe Johansson.


Exclusivity has always been a clever marketing scheme for designs, especially for the fashion industry. Continuing with the ongoing collaboration between British fashion brand COS and Serpentine Galleries in London, the minimal Serpentine Bag, inspired by the 2015 pavilion, has marked the supportive attitude of two creative fields. If one knows of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, one can see the total contrast between it and its inspired product. While the installation contains a diverse degree of opacity and a prism field of colors, the bag is made of an opaque off-white canvas with grey leather straps. Many spectators have voiced the contrast as a misopportunity to carry out the pavilion’s essence. However, I would argue that the bag acts an absorption of the maximalism in the bigger structure to be represented in a minimalistic manner. With its top folded down and secured with a simple buckle, the fold almost mimics the complex connections. Meanwhile, its boxy shape exudes an architectural feeling. The bag is now available online and in several COS stores within London for a limited time. Serpentine Trust will receive all the proceeds from sales in order to support its annual commission given to an architect. Minimal and beautifully constructed, the Serpentine...


Situated in the district of Mompiano in the north part of the Italian city of Brescia, this beautiful swimming centre is characterised as urban architecture, open to a specific relationship with the surroundings. The aim of the architects — Camillo Botticini, Francesco Craca, Arianna Foresti, Studio Montanari and Nicola Martinoli — was to design something different from the classic sports building seen as a ubiquitous object. The architectural theme is expressed by treating the compact block of the brown Clinker through a sequence of excavated fronts, that change its character in relation to the interior spaces and the different conditions of external reference. The distribution organises three functional parts: a large main room with a pool for water polo, a nucleus of changing rooms on three levels and a room with two small pools for courses. The main room has a large window facing the north outside lawn and to the east side it opens towards a patio with beautiful bamboo’s plants. I love when good design is applied to the spaces for public use. The people of Brescia can swim in a beautifully minimalist environment. Photography by Niccolò Galeazzi.


Overlooking the seaside in Greece is the elegant Villa Melana. Created by local designers Panagiotis Papassotiriou and Valia Foufa, the focal point of the home is the spectacular view of the sea and sky. Each of the main living areas was designed to take in the stunning Greek environment, and the materials used were carefully selected to incorporate the home into the natural landscape. On the exterior, rough stone walls tie the home in with the rocky surrounding landscape. Bright white walls contrast with the stone façade. The white walls also reflect the sun, which helps the house stay cool in the dry heat. Climate-appropriate landscaping, wood terraces, and stone paths create an inviting outdoor atmosphere. The stone continues on the interior, providing a welcome connection to the landscape outside. Walls of glass provide a view to the pool while sleek doors open to a covered terrace. Adjacent to the terrace, the infinity pool pairs perfectly with the soft Mediterranean water. Just imagine the lazy days and perfect nights at this seaside getaway. What could be more perfect?


Public School’s Resort 2016 collection is a strong statement of forms and lines. Collating as a collection of black, white, silver and grey, Resort 2016 explores a street style that imbues a level of embedded sophistication. Formally, the tailoring is well considered, together with relaxed cuts, this collection is one of cool cred. Based out of New York City, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne created the label Public School based on a strong lineage of refined simplicity. Their work is renowned for its lines being clean, urban ones with an emphasis on accessibility to the American and in particular, New York style. Each piece is a considered fusion of cut and discipline. Watch this space. Photography courtesy of Public School.


Unambiguous visual contrast with the surrounding landscape and a great concern for self-sufficiency are the main draws for Villa Kogelhof; the prize-winning piece from Paul de Ruiter Architects, a Netherlands based firm. A true case study on how to reconcile appropriate indulgence and sustainability, while achieving such feat relying solely on two minimalist volumes. In the age where privacy is an ever-changing concept, it’s a luxury to build a residence with no worries for discretion. The glass box is supported by a courageous steel V-frame, housing the living rooms, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms; it takes sophisticated planning to make it all work on a mono-volume such as this. The whole façade is made of glass, making a permanent panoramic view for its occupants, imprinting a contemporary aesthetic often found in corporate buildings. This modern-looking residence stands bravely in the middle of a 25-hectare state, a visual intervention on the bucolic countryside. The brave adjective wasn’t applied lightly in this case, since this residence is energy neutral. Applying numerous technological solutions, the glass box manages to harvest energy throughout the year. It achieves complete autarky with a stylish exterior and a timeless interior design thanks to classic furniture from Eileen Grey...


NYC Design Week 2015 saw the Rhode Island School of Design alumni Farrah Sit and Anna Lynett Moss from Chiyome, both New York-based product designers, collaborate on a beautifully light and elegant furniture collection. Rooted in an analysis of planar relationships and with a nod to design elements borrowed from fashion, the collection is a study of weightlessness and balancing opposites — line vs volume, bright vs muted, transparent vs opaque. Both designers became friends in the NY design scene through a mutual deep admiration for each others’ work and share a focus on thoughtful, considered and sustainable design with community engagement – this collaboration was an opportunity to explore such design philosophy on a larger scale. The collection was exhibited during NYCxDesign2015 at Colony, a furniture showroom that celebrates and showcases the community of independent designers in New York City. Photography by Christopher Saunders.


One shape, two high-end materials and an origin story that is touching and professionally convincing: These are the ingredients of BLYSZAK eyewear, a brand-new line of sunglasses by Andrew Blyszak. Being a successful consultant to niche luxury fashion brands, Andrew Blyszak knew exactly what to do when he realized that he would not find the right replacement for his beaten up southern french flea market sunnies. He found ethically sourced horn by-product and also found the perfect artisan to shape it exactly like his beloved sunglasses. He mixed the design with coated grade-A steel and made sure the result would suit men as well as women. Personally I prefer to think of all niche products as unisex to some degree. The collection has a genderless mood, which I think is reflected in the campaign imagery and true, the style sits well on both boys and girls. — Interview with sharpenedlead He is so right about the campaign. And that is very much due to the immaculate images taken by Paul Jung, who is famous for his clear but avant-garde style. I love the way Andrew Blyszak used his expertise to create an everyday object with an enduring design which still...