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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. […]
  • Yoko Naito’s Unbeknown
    In September Outside gallery in the little town of North Adams, Massachusetts, hosted Unbeknown, a beautiful solo exhibition of photography by Japanese artist Yoko Naito. Yoko Naito culminated 6 years of work in New York City with the series Unbeknown. The collection of photographs captures the vacant winter shores of the city with a minimalistic […]
  • Simpl Watch
    Minimalism is mostly associated with European, Scandinavian, and Japanese designers. However, many rising brands in other parts of the world are proving to be major stakeholders in evolving and diversifying the field. Southeast Asian countries — notably Singapore and Thailand — have delivered some of the more refined minimal products that are affordable in recent […]
    2016.10.08Nhat Vo
  • Lakeside House
    Lakeside House is a long and elegant silhouette set against a mountainous backdrop. Designed by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, this Japanese home utilises its inspiring environment as a key feature in the design. The structure is a long rectangle with floor to ceiling windows that frame excellent views of the landscape. The oversized windows blur the boundaries of […]
    2016.09.15Jillian Japka
  • Dome Series
    Dome is the new unisex collection presented by the great Australian watchmakers AÃRK Collective, where the growth and maturation of the brand can be seen since its inception in 2013. Based on traditional timepiece construction with a contemporary take on the classic wristwatch, the Dome Series design embraces curvature that is exalted with rounded forms and […]
    2016.09.02Jorge San Luis
  • 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 […]
    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