Ivania Carpio – @love_aesthetics – is a Dutch product developer, blogger and creator of one of the most followed blogs around: Love Aesthetics. Having previously featured Ivania’s exquisitely designed Capsule Collection for BlackBlessed, we now take a closer look into her Instagram of pure, minimalist aesthetics that continue to impress on a daily basis. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? There is no specific inspiration, just finding beauty in the daily things and capturing that in a little square. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? They are very, very important, if not the most important thing for me to be able to work. I can not think if there is visual stress in the form of clutter. I like to manipulate my environment as much as possible and surround myself with things that inspire me. When and how do you decide to take a photo? Strangely (for a blogger), Instagramming isn’t a second nature, often after seeing something I think to myself, “I should have snapped that for Instagram.” I like to enjoy life through my own eyes and not through the screen of my iPhone. But for Instagram I usually decide to take a picture...
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Migliari House is an impressive arrangement of white forms loacted in a suburban area of Brazil. Designed by Domo Arquitetos, the structure consists of several boxy forms, each of which contains a different space organized by function. The living spaces are separated by interior walls that feature cutouts, light wells, and large openings instead of traditional doors. The bedrooms are grouped together in the east wing of the home. The linear grouping of the bedrooms represents family union. The exterior is largely closed off from the street, allowing for an introverted space that emphasizes domestic life. The back of the home, however, features sliding glass doors that embrace the tranquil outdoors. I’m captivated by the concept of this home. I love how the different masses interact: their intersection creates exciting shapes and shadows. The division of space by individual forms is a logical and beautiful design for a family home.
Based in Canberra, Australia, Brian Corr is a sculptor and artist who’s pure and aesthetically simple works I would like to highlight today. Working primarily with glass and the elements of light and shadow, volume and void, he creates architectonic sculpture and large-scale installations, which serve as reflections and interpretations of his own experience. Corr writes: My hope is that these works provide an opportunity for contemplation or meditation; a moment of heightened awareness of the nature and wonder of ourselves and the world in which we exist. It is Brian Corr’s Constructions and Architectural Installation works that have impressed me most, with their simple forms and manipulation of light and shadow. Wonderful. Images by Rob Little.
Two adjoining houses had been renovated to create this one House in Valencia, Spain by Fran Silvestre Architects. Designed to separate daytime and nighttime activities, public and sleeping areas are located at opposite ends of the site, leaving the services and circulation concealed within the core. The minimal architecture defines and connects the interiors like a sanctuary that draws light into its very linear spaces. The choice of lighting fixtures in this house compliments the strong amount of daylight designed to be let it through the big panels of glass on the exterior. The designers at Fran Silvestre Architects do what they do best in this project which I found by chance while browsing through their stunning portfolio: making minimalism desirable. Photography by Diego Opazo.
Zofia Chylak is a Polish fashion designer who specializes in custom tailoring. Having honed her skills working for designers Ania Kuczyńska, Proenza Schouler and pattern maker Nicholas Caito, Zofia presents the aesthetics of her brand on an equally stunning campaign online. It was with great pleasure to learn that all her pieces are unique, each sketched and developed to the individual customer. Zofia’s ethos places emphasis on the quality of the garment. From the minimalist language of its designs to the use of natural fabrics such as silk, wool, cotton and leather, she campaigns the classically beautiful dress forms while allowing the details of the structure and finishings to stand out. I share Zofia’s belief that the wait for a custom design piece is the ultimate appreciation of good craft and design, in contrast to the disposable ‘fast fashion’ that is ubiquitous today. As she eloquently explains: I have always admired people who could create something beautiful using less than a lot… Elegance is not luxury, it’s understanding the rules of decorum. My main goal is to be able to create elegant clothes staying in the minimalistic world of forms.
Last week, we featured a stunning collection of leather bags by TSATSAS, and I have recently been introduced to another of equal beauty – this time by the Polish clothing accessories brand Slava Varsovia. Slava Varsovia aim to highlight the significance of traditional craftsmanship. Hand-made by local artisans, Slava accessories are designed with passion that rises from a tradition with a modern edge, down to the tiniest detail. Designed by Anna Szydlowska, the Slava accessories features a number of beautifully crafted leather bags, designed with a notable simplicity and very subtle brand logo. The series includes several meticulously crafted shoulder and oversized bags, totes and elegant clutch bags of varying sizes and colours. Photography by Zuza Krajewska
Designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, The Dialogue House sits well-shaded at the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona with captivating views of the South Mountain and Sierra Estrella Mountain ranges as well as downtown Phoenix . As described by the architects: Two volumes of light – one warm and one cool – one projected to the expansive horizon and one toward the canopy of the desert sky. Inspired by John Van Dyke’s ruminations on the phenomena of desert light specifically “colored air” and “reflected light” in his 1907 book titled The Desert – Further Studies in Natural Appearances. These images by Bill Timmerman capture the most beautiful moments of this house. I love the contrast of the dramatic volumes of the exterior to the subtle, more intricate details of the interiors and finishes. The desert views and light compliment the architecture and complete the experience of a minimalist habitat in such an environment.
You know the situation that your desk is covered with piles of documents? For some piles can be an effective work method to keep track of their projects. But as piles grow deeper and taller they stop being useful. Industrial designer Leon Ransmeier created a minimalist desk of lacquered aluminum and steel that gives shape and structure to the habit of stacking. The Folia desk has storage surfaces that slide out like drawers but have open sides like shelves. These stacking trays are attached to runners along just one edge, providing more visibility and easier access than a full-fledged drawer. The contents of the desk remain in sight to a certain extent and so are never really ‘gone.’ The horizontal format is retained, preserving any inherent chronology, but the piles are suspended below the work surface, freeing up desk space - Ransmeier explains.
Jonny Lu, a London based designer specialising in print and interactive design as well as art direction, is behind this beautiful packaging for Victoria Beckham’s newly launched online shop. It features her Ready To Wear line, which itself includes a number of minimalist pieces. Produced by Progress, the packaging features three piece shoulder boxes with flush lids, which are made from a high gloss white base and inner, with a contrasting raw kraft paper sheet lid. The branding is a gloss white foil block with a universal size over the range. This package design certainly has an understated elegance to it and perhaps a surprising colour choice, but I personally think it works very well.
Bound by a common commitment for a unique but simple style, Barena has developed a bold and wonderfully rich, yet beautifully pared down Spring/Summer line. The firm dates back to 1961, when it was founded from a passion for researching culture, tradition and the world of textiles of the enchanting Venetian lagoon area in Italy. The collection is in fact inspired by the peculiar dress code created and used by the folk who lived in those areas in ancient times, who traditionally wore clothing that was versatile and functional, for they were hunters, fishermen and farmers. Many of the garments in the collection are the reinterpretation of unique pieces found in museums, antique markets or books that portray old images. I love the essence of history, passion and craft that infuse the very brand and all of their attention to detail, construction, and the will to preserve a rich local textile culture. Photography by Tony Piarotto.
The Sundial House gets its name from its orientation and design: the home faces the south and blocks the sun, creating a shadow that moves slowly throughout the day and changes with each season. Designed by Hironaka Ogawa and Associates, this Japanese home reflects the lifestyle of a farmer. The shadows cast by the home and the home’s connection to the surrounding fields reflect the changes of the seasons. The home feels different in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The Sundial House feels different in every season due to the way the structure interacts with the sun and landscape. In this way the seasons become part of the design of the home. This is a lovely approach to minimalist design: the home draws its characteristics from the natural environment, which is not built, rather than the built environment. What a great concept!
Sitio Da Leziria is a former mews located in the highly agricultural region Alcácer do Sal of Portugal, which has now been redesigned into a contemporary residence by the architects Atelier Data. The project conserves the significance of the horse stable typography: the ‘horse path’ as an axis and for circulation; service walls that once provided sustenance for the horses now hold the modern day services of bathrooms and closets – and translates it into with minimalist architectural details and aesthetic. I appreciate Atelier Data’s sensibilities in approaching the project: The conversion of the mews into housing, gave us the opportunity to think about domestic space and also to test the way that people can inhabit again ancient rural areas. This project is the result of the first phase of a wide strategy that aims to revive an old agricultural land, combining new agricultural techniques with a new way of living. I love the fact that they decided to use resistant and affordable materials as well as that fit both the logic of the modern usage of the building and the old mews, preserving the vernacular architecture as well as the details such as inviting the artist João Mouro to create the...