Hidden in the bustle of Brooklyn Heights is the lovely Steele Residence. This chic and modern home was designed by the New York based firm Resolution: 4 Architecture, or RES4 for short. The Steele Residence is a complete gut renovation designed to reflect the personalities of a recently retired couple. The central element of the 1650 square foot home is a utility core made of maple. This core contains the kitchen, mechanical room, and storage. The apartment rotates around this core- the public areas are closest to the core and the private rooms rest along the exterior walls. The manipulated ceiling further seeks to accentuate the apartment’s organization. The ceiling is curved so as to contain the private spaces along the edges and expand the public spaces against the core. The Steele Residence is the definition of modern Brooklyn living! It is a gorgeous renovation in one of Brooklyn’s great neighborhoods. While the aesthetic of this home appears quite minimal, it is not without decoration. Yet each decorative piece has been carefully chosen and placed, allowing the apartment to feel clean and effortless. Overall, the Steele Residence is full of character, comfort, and of course, style.
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These minimalist wall sculptures by Cecilia Vissers are made from steel and aluminium and inspired by the Scottish and Irish landscapes. The pieces are characterized by simple compositions, powerful lines and laconic shapes. The surfaces retain the natural texture of the material, creating inspiring visual effects. I want my sculptures to be entirely simple, to be viewed quickly, the focus is on the smooth and flat surface, my abstractions are grounded in the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, the remoteness and silence. Cecilia Vissers’ work will be displayed as part of a group show at Acquire Space in London from November 13-27, 2011 and in a solo exhibition at Masters & Pelavin Gallery in New York, February 23 to April 5, 2012.
This collection of minimal furniture and lighting by Swiss design and manufacturing company mïxcv was recently shown during Paris Design Week. Each sculptural piece is an attempt to explore the relationship between the object, its role, the space it occupies and those who use it. Designers Volciane Cassanovas, Stéphane Dentand and Thomas Labarthe created a collection so raw and unembellished, it walks the line between minimalism and expressionism. With unadorned design and no unnecessary frills, mïxcv’s simple and precise production is the fruit of the shared desire of a designer and a metal construction company to create contemporary production. To generate matter in a precise space so that it maintains the intended role there, to develop an emotional and functional structure, the existence of which aims to touch, question and involve space and those who move within it. Constructed from mostly tubular structures, the pieces resemble lines, linked between points, as if drawn in space with a marker. The materials include steel, aluminium, LEDs and fabric.
I love the sobriety of the steel stool prototype by Noon studio, created according to their philosophy of using honest materials and simplicity of execution. The steel stool consists of only 2 elements; a metal sheet supported by a wooden t-frame. Not only do the materials give the stool a cool character, they also make the stool is very robust and durable. With several stools you can also easily assemble a unique shelving storage for books.
Iacoli & McAllister’s Frame Coffee Table is a sleek and streamlined example of seamless functionality. The line work of the copper-plated steel base, together with the tempered glass top, make for a crisp furniture addition to any modestly minimal interior space. Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister acts as a catalyst for a number of understated sculptural pieces. Their site features a number of geometrically inspired pieces that, along with being very much on trend with current aesthetics and styling, are timeless and act as space beautifiers, if you will. The Frame Coffee Table is available in two finishes; natural oiled ash frame and a steel finish also and can be shipped internationally. The Frame Coffee Table would be a timeless additional to any space. Photography courtesy of Iacoli & McAllister.
Last year we featured the wonderful minimalist stainless steel sculptures of Australian visual artist, George Papadimas. His latest works are the products of his ongoing fascination with numerical sequences and the inherent relationships that occur within mathematical algorithms. The sculptural work, Untitled Paired Quarter Sequence, utilises Papadimas’s adaptation of the Fibonacci sequence, in which the resulting multi-digit numbers are reduced to their single digit sum. The imagery, Untitled Paired Digits, is a beautiful series of highly saturated hues, of which the base format is the elementary representation of two paired numbers in written form. At the heart of each work, mathematical premise reigns. One fully embodies the harmonic relationship between line and form, and the other does its best to conceal. I like the concept behind these pieces, but particularly the clean connections of the skeletal structures. These are currently being exhibited at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam until 8th December 2013.
Sculptor Richard Serra’s latest exhibition New Sculpture is currently being featured at both Chelsea Gagosian Galleries in New York. Described as one of America’s greatest modern sculptors, the exhibition is set to run from October through January 2014 and plays a pivotal role in being an extension and progression of his work to date. The pieces comprise a series of large waterproof steel members engulfing the two gallery spaces. The play on scale and the stripped back minimalism of the raw but exquisitely articulated materiality is both powerful and overwhelming. These giants seem to have a luminescence and their interaction with the adjacent pieces is almost harmonic and creates nuances of quietness. This exhibition through its grandeur and discipline instills reflectivity. Richard Serra’s work is consistently well considered and important. This latest New Sculpture exhibition is one to see and immerse oneself in fully. Photography courtesy of both Gagosian Gallery.
House in Shimamoto is located in a busy residential neighborhood in Osaka, Japan. Container Design, based in Kobe, Japan, designed the simple home with the goal of connecting the residents with nature while maintaining privacy from near-by neighbors. The home is comprised of three basic materials: steel, glass, and timber. White galvanized steel plates cover the facade, protecting the retreat from the crowded street. On the north side of the home, large glass windows bring in natural light and offer a peak at the mountainous landscape. Timber is used throughout the interior: the ceiling and wall beams are exposed and the floor alternates between a solid and slatted wood pattern. I love the restricted use of materials in this home. The steel, glass, and wood feel complimentary yet still maintain an interesting contrast. House in Shimamoto is a no-fuss home that is sure to please anyone lucky enough to reside there.
Espace St-Denis is a contemporary apartment located on the ground floor of a building in Montreal, Canada. Designed by Anne Sophie Goneau, this home aims to highlight the building’s raw materials. The exposed brick wall and structural steel frame were found during the renovation of the apartment. These existing features provide the home with visual focal points. The interior of the home is void of opaque walls. There is, however, a glass wall which divides the bedrooms from the living room. This wall provides a boundary while making the apartment feel open and airy. It also allows the bedroom’s exposed brick wall to be viewed from every room. The kitchen is the predominant feature of Espace St-Denis. It spans almost the full length of the apartment. I love the mix of black, white, and brick in this space. The long black counter-top is a simple and functional piece, while the white tables blend with the floor and ceiling to create the illusion of wide open space. Epsace St-Denis is a small apartment with big style. Photographs by Adrien Williams.
Studio Macura, lead by Dutch product designer Marko Macura, is an Eindhoven based design label of domestic accessories and furnishings, with a certain minimalist aesthetic. One product in particular stood out for me. That is the beautiful design of Lako – a bent-steel wire rack for storing books and magazines. Compact and light, it can be placed next to a sofa or a bed. Periodicals and books that are arranged on this sculptural yet functional object become a mini, mobile library. The handle at the apex is used to move it around while its straight lines and angles permit various options for storing. Lako is not dissimilar to the sleek Jorge magazine rack previously featured on Minimalissimo, but is available in high gloss powder coating or electroplating finishes, as well as three colours; black, grey, and white. The slim and simple straight line structure makes for a product I’d certainly consider for my home.
Cords and cables are notorious destroyers of visual peace and laconic beauty in minimalist designs. That is why it is so unusual to see a minimalist idea sprang from a humble cord and not much else. Petrus Palmér Jonas Pettersson and John Löfgren of Swedish studio Form Us With Love created the Cord Lamp for the brand Design House Stockholm. A textile cord is merged with a steel tube, holding aloft an oversized globe bulb. Here is how designers describe the concept: You can let it irritate you, break your neck tripping over it, or you can surrender, hide it behind the skirting board or press it into a groove. But it’s smarter to make friends with the enemy. Cord Lamp turns the cursed flex into a simple eye-catcher. If there’s any message to a lamp, just for the fun of it, what about ‘make peace not war’. I love how delicate the piece looks. A simple cord and a simple bulb, just by being made a focal point, appear quite exquisite.
London based brand Uniform Wares, designers of the beautiful 100 Series wristwatches previously featured on Minimalissimo back in 2010, have recently unveiled their all-new 104 Series. This immaculate and minimalistic collection includes the PVD Black with black rubber, the Satin Bead Blasted with blue rubber, and the Brushed Steel with orange rubber. Each of which is as beautiful as the other. The 104 Series boldly plays with colour blocking and texture, using subtly different colours and contrasting materials on the cases, bezels and other elements including the dials, batons and markers. This new design is a comprehensive update to Uniform Wares’ iconic 100 collection. Instead of the pointed tip being on the hour hand as previously, it now appears on the minute hand, but it begs the question; why have a pointed tip at all? On a whole though, the design of each piece in this series certainly impresses with my preference lying with the black.