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  • Ribbons for Japan by John Pawson
    Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. British minimalist architect John Pawson has designed a ribbon to support the disaster relief effort, following the earthquake and tsunami, earlier this month. Electronic version of the design is available to download for attachment to websites and emails. A donation can be made online. […]
  • 15.0% Ice Cream Spoon
    Ode to Things continues on its quest to champion outstanding design pieces, this time around it’s 15.0% Ice Cream Spoon turn to stand in the spotlight. Designed by Naoki Terada, and manufactured by Japanese brand Lemnos, this simple appliance brings a hefty dose of class and functionality to what may be a bothersome experience. A […]
    2016.08.16Mateus Andrade
  • Tsumiki
    Kengo Kuma, the renowned architect known for his meticulous work with wooden structures, has utilised his knowledge in analogical joints to create a Japanese counterpart to Lego, named Tsumiki. Meaning wooden blocks, this creative toy is only composed of minimal triangular cedar wedges — the prime geometry that’s most structurally stable. The wedge, however, trades […]
    2016.08.13Nhat Vo
  • THEY New York
    Two things are immediately striking for the minimalism enthusiast when looking at THEY New York‘s collection of beautiful sneakers — one is the astonishing craftsmanship involved in the shoes’ embedded geometric shapes, another is the excitement those unexpected shapes cause on the viewer. THEY is founded siblings Jack and Angela Lin and Steven Jung, three Manhattan-based friends who […]
  • Pause for Harmony
    Pause for Harmony is a collaboration between Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Finnish glassware company Iittala. The collection comprises simple homewares and was created to turn ordinary activities into special, mindful moments, like relaxing on the couch, making tea, or arranging freshly cut flowers in a vase. Comprising delicate textile, ceramic and glass pieces for the home, the […]
  • Gap
    Gap is a robust, yet elegant and beautiful, side table and book stand designed by the ever impressive and inspirational Japanese design studio Nendo for Italian company Marsotto Edizioni. Presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Gap contributed to the new collection and exhibition Light & Shadow. Nendo’s lead designer Oki Sato explains the concept behind this work: When you […]
    2016.06.03Jorge San Luis
  • Light Grain House
    In Osaka, privacy is of the utmost importance due to the dense nature of the city housing. Light Grain House, designed by Yoshiaki Yamashita, has the goal of privacy in mind. The façade of the home is almost entirely opaque, broken occasionally by a perforated metal grate that brings light to the interior while adding detail to an […]
    2016.05.19Jillian Japka
  • THE Lunch Box
    The inconspicuous bento box may encapsulate two diverging facets from Japan: sporting hectic, excessive colours and textures, just like the crowded streets of Shibuya; or absolute clean lines and reductionism, like the renowned Japanese architecture. Fortunately designer Keita Suzuki masterfully chose the minimalist variance for his take on the famous Japanese dish. Japanese brand THE […]
    2016.05.03Mateus Andrade
  • H-horse
    One of the most interesting projects viewed at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016 is a beautiful reinterpretation of the traditional rocking horse by Japanese studio Nendo for Kartell Kids Collection. The designer created H-horse using only three curved pieces of transparent plastic, referencing the steel I-beams — also known as H-beams — used to construct large […]
  • LIÉ by AGNESKOVACS
    Just imagine Scandinavian minimalism, Japanese precision, French elegance and Italian leather coming together in one collection of beautiful accessories. To achieve such a productive merger, it might be necessary to have an outside view, just like Budapest-based designer AGNESKOVACS has. Her current collection goes by the name of LIÉ, which is a French word indicating the […]
    2016.04.11Jana Ahrens
  • Pin Lamp
    Ichiro Iwasaki for VIBIA sees the Pin lamp available as a counter-activity of form and function. Weighted with a heavy metal disc base, with a streamlined and thin arching line that provides light, Pin plays with contrasts. The collection is available in both floor and table lamp options, and in four colours: black, white, cream […]
  • Okinawa House
    After more than thirty years creating outstanding projects, John Pawson continues on his path with plenty of innovation and a strong influence of old-school modernism infused in his architecture. His latest project is no different. Standing proudly at the cliff-top of the island is the fittingly named Okinawa House, a fascinating 414sqm retreat designed for […]
    2016.03.22Mateus Andrade
  • Setouchi Aonagi
    Tadao Ando, champion of minimalist architecture, has completed this intimate retreat on the island of Shikoku in his home country, Japan. The seven room hotel, called Setouchi Aonagi, provides a calming and refreshing environment through its luxurious yet minimal aesthetic — an aesthetic that Ando has perfected. Ando’s signature design elements fill the structure; the large expanses of […]
    2016.02.25Jillian Japka
  • Photographer’s Weekend House
    The Photographer’s Weekend House, designed by General Design, is located on the beachside of Kujūkuri, Japan. The one-story home has a gallery-like feel due to the large, open rooms and sparse furnishings. The defining feature of this home is a stretch of four courtyards arranged in a central, cross-like pattern. The courtyards bring plenty of the outdoors in, as well […]
    2016.02.18Jillian Japka
  • Uzu Vacuum
    Uzu is an astonishingly beautiful electric vacuum cleaner by the Japanese design brand METAPHYS. Designed to make it very easy to overcome one’s inhibitions against cleaning, Uzu’s characteristic and minimalist appearance was inspired by the conception of a vacuum cleaner that can proudly be presented. One movement is enough to get it started: just lift the […]
    2016.02.05Jorge San Luis
  • Mandarin natural Chocolate
    The branding for Mandarin natural Chocolate focuses primarily on one key information about chocolate — the cacao intensity, showcased by a gradient 10-dot bar that immediately yet subtly notes whether the chocolate is 60, 80 or 100% cacao. Equally brief, the reverse of the packet stylishly informs the consumer of other key production facts. Conceived […]
  • Kanban
    Andrea Ponti‘s Kanban side table embodies the cultural contrasts of Hong Kong in a product. This industrial design piece purposely plays with formal expectations of shape, and turns them on itself. Weighted by a concrete and dense base, the table-top is comprised of charcoal coloured steel, which floats above its solid foundation. The idea that […]
  • Minimalist House
    From time to time some projects deserve a second look, with refreshed visuals. That is when Minimalissimo revisits outstanding pieces from the past. Take a look at this beauty originally covered 6 years ago: An anonymous white box faces the street, clearly an unusual and candid welcome for eventual guests; but also a very austere […]
    2016.01.06Mateus Andrade