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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. […]
  • 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
  • Trinität Special Edition
    Japanese designer and art director Yuta Takahashi designed this special edition of the book Trinität by German theologian Michael Debus. This book is based on ‘Trinity’ which he told when he visited Japan in 2013 and 2014 in an attempt to explain his theory to the Country. The resulting two volumes were created to narrate […]
  • Minim+Aid
    Minim+Aid is Nendo‘s answer to disaster relief. Effortlessly styled and considered, this piece is Japanese design at its best. Maximising on space, efficiency, aesthetic and an understated and ever so beautiful form, Minim+Aid is minimalism encapsulated. Inspired by the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake, this called for the development of an emergency preparedness kit that […]
  • Equip Hair Salon
    The art of minimalism lies in its focus and attention to care. Equip, a hair salon in the city of Osaka might have mastered this art through a personalised experience. Designed by Sides Core, a Japanese design studio, the salon stands still in a quiet street. When one enters, the space is divided into three […]
    2015-11-28Nhat Vo
  • Creme
    The beautiful Creme timepiece by Taste very much lives up to its name. Made with real marble, each piece then has its own unique signature aesthetic, based on the pattern of the veins created naturally in the chosen face. Minimal, and housed in rose-gold detailing, this piece is effortless. Their ethos to create beautiful, timeless […]
  • Courtyard of the House
    Courtyards have long been a focus of residential architecture. From Italian courtyards designed to circulate air to the gardens of Japanese courtyards that brought nature into the home. Courtyard of the House follows this long tradition with an elegant and modern home centred around a tranquil void. Designed by Japanese studio Container Design, this home […]
    2015-11-19Jillian Japka
  • Chieut Table
    Minimalism can be routinely associated with abstraction and heaviness, an understandable marque considering the austereness of most works with said label; in contrast, talented designers like Seung Jun Jeong inhabits the other side of the spectrum, with utter lightness and visual trickery as his approach. Undeniable technical precision sets the Chieut Table apart as a […]
    2015-11-17Mateus Andrade
  • Glass Art Gallery
    Tucked on the corner of a residential street in Osaka is the Glass Art Gallery by Japanese architect Jun Murata. The space is a renovation of an existing building and includes a small exhibition space and a comfortable dwelling for working and living. The first floor houses the gallery, the second story warehouses the collection, and […]
    2015-11-12Jillian Japka