House Tokyo has been recently completed by Sanpei Junichi of A.L.X. architects (Architect Label Xain). It is located in and inspired by the city of Tokyo, hence the name. One of the main challenges of the project was to work with the very limited piece of land (the plot was only 480 sq ft). Amazingly, the bright minds of A.L.X. managed to fit 675 sq ft of living space into the structure. The facade of the building dominates the environment with its crisp whiteness and abstract shape. The windows are covered with perforated metal blindfolds, which obscure the view into the house yet allow enough light from the outside. This blindfold feature also makes the building look positively stunning at night. The white exterior beautifully contrasts with the exposed concrete of the interior. I love how pieces of furniture seem to grow from the walls. The choice of the material is a clever and creative nod to the urban setting the house is surrounded by.
Archive of January 2012
Studio potter Lilith Rockett started her career in ceramics in Los Angeles before moving to Portland. Her work, created by hand on the potter’s wheel, reveals a deep interest in the subtle qualities of the material: translucency, fluidity, density, and the velvety softness of an unglazed polished surface. Minimal in both form and surface, her work calls attention to subtle nuances of line or shadow, with a delight in the quiet imperfections that characterize the handmade. Rockett believes that interacting intimately with handmade objects enhances our feeling of connectedness and enriches our daily life. Everyday housewares in elegant white porcelain, I love it.
BE Light is an LED desk lamp for reading, designed by QisDesign, who have perfectly described the concept to us: With its clever hinge design, it can be fully extended to a height of 33.4 cm, and an angle of up to 135 degrees. It also provides adequate task lighting with white LED. When not in use, it can be folded down flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm, taking up the least amount of space on a desk. It is made of aluminium alloy, which provides a greatly refined metallic finish. Yet what I find the most striking is its slim form and lightness when you are using it and how easily you can flatten it when you wish for it to go unnoticed on your desk.
Maike Timmermann of German design studio, Design fürs Heim, is a Munich based architect, who handcrafts minimalist products for the home. One such product is this elegantly simple Snake wardrobe. This striking piece of furniture, which could indeed be used in a number of different ways, is made from beech wood balls each measuring 60mm / 40 pcs. Whether hanging clothes, decorations, or leaving it unadorned as a simple style element in the corner of a room, Snake is a thing of crafted beauty and practicality.
Published in 2011, this book by journalist Harriet Walker surveys one of the most wide-reaching movements in fashion, taking the reader through the transformations of minimalist along the decades, ever since Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel in the early 20th century, when women’s clothes became pared down and practical after centuries of complex construction. Walker argues that minimalism is not an exclusive club for intellectuals, but an egalitarian popular movement, and writing the book led other conclusions: The process of simplification has underpinned every great progression and movement, not only within womenswear but politically and culturally. Reviewing the work of designers who, over the decades, have adopted minimalist principles in their work, from Coco Chanel to Donna Karan and Jil Sander; and from the avant-garde style of Japanese masters Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto to contemporary interpretations by Gareth Pugh, Roland Mouret, COS and Zara, Less is More tells the story of an enduring aesthetic that has subtly shaped modern fashion.
I love the simplicity of Revolver – a display and storage system based on a reversible shelf design. Revolver is made by the London based design studio Henny van Nistelrooy. Van Nistelrooy, 1979 – The Netherlands, founded his studio after his graduation in 2007. Revolver was developed as part of the retail design commission for Velorution – a London based bicycle store. The shelving system is very flexible and perfect to exhibit objects and garments. The combination of the wood (Douglas fir) and powder coated sheet metal works fine and give the system a subtle elegance. One can easily adjust the system by hooking one shelf above the other.
This simple and clean-lined lamp concept has been conceived by Chicago based designer Jacob Nitz. The Contour desk lamp is comprised of a single tubular metal structure, bent into an ergonomic shape. Here is how designer describes his idea: As though it were a contour line tracing into space, it was created by a single steel tube. The self-supporting structure utilizes a warm, white LED light strip in a pivotal armature allowing for versatile lighting options. I like that instead of hiding the cord, Nitz decided to accentuate it with colour. And because the lamp itself comes in black, gray, blue, green, and red, multiple colour combinations can be achieved.