Minimalissimo


Benoit Raimbault

Less is better...

The purpose of minimalism is to expose the essence of a design by eliminating all non-essential forms, features and concepts. In web design, minimalism erases potential distractions and strips away elements into their most basic forms. Yuna Kim‘s use of elementary shapes helps to organize her portfolio and goes perfectly with her personal logo. This minimal web site design experiments the use of geometric shapes that makes design so effective. The simplicity is also carried through the navigation making it enjoyable to explore.


Matthias Schade was born in 1984 in Berlin, Germany. His latest work is a series of photographs named (un)defined spaces – an investigation of urban space. An investigation of our living environment. Schade explains the concept behind the series: Contrary to the daily natural perception of urban space, my artworks of the (un)defined space series offer a directed and focused view on our surroundings. They invite the beholder to critically and consciously face its environment. It is not about a mere documentation of our environment but rather the chance to question things and to create new experiences. The young artist has been shortlisted for the Celeste Prize 2011 within the photo, digital graphics category back in November 2011. I love these very minimal and undefined photographs.


For more than thirty years, Hiroshi Sugimoto has produced series of highly refined black and white photographs. His subjects, which include movie theaters and drive-ins, natural history dioramas, waxworks, and seascapes, provoke fundamental questions about the relationship of photography and time while exploring the mysterious and ineffable nature of reality. Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles and studied photography at the Art Center College of Design. Sugimoto lives and works in New York City and Tokyo.


Studio potter Lilith Rockett started her career in ceramics in Los Angeles before moving to Portland. Her work, created by hand on the potter’s wheel, reveals a deep interest in the subtle qualities of the material: translucency, fluidity, density, and the velvety softness of an unglazed polished surface. Minimal in both form and surface, her work calls attention to subtle nuances of line or shadow, with a delight in the quiet imperfections that characterize the handmade. Rockett believes that interacting intimately with handmade objects enhances our feeling of connectedness and enriches our daily life. Everyday housewares in elegant white porcelain, I love it.


The Superheadz Clap mini digital camera is simply Pick and Plug into your computer! Runs on a Micro SD card, the CLAP is a 2 megapixel colorful digital camera that shoots both still images and movies and connects through your computer USB port. A super tiny and minimal digital camera to own for casual purposes only I believe.


Aparte is a French design agency who recently presented a prototype of their paper-thin Katra chair, made of ramie fiber. Katra is inspired by the intrinsic qualities of the material from which it is made. Formed from a composite consisting primarily of ramie, the material offers superior strength, lightness and durability. Katra’s design reflects these qualities and represents the unique creative opportunities the furniture industry is just beginning to explore with the composite. A great combination of minimal design and eco-friendly technology.


Birillo by Alessi, is the ultimate no-mess bathroom set. It is made up of 10 minimally designed bathroom accoutrements assembled out of imperfect squares and wrong circles, according to the designer, Piero Lissoni. And while they are clearly designed to camouflage themselves, items like the soap dish can’t help but stand out as particularly pleasing forms. Great minimal design.


It’s not every day you come across a real innovation in backpacks. Solid Gray is a solid backpack to carry and protect your personal items. These bags feature a minimal folding hardshell design, EPDM foam lining and straps for keeping your tablet or laptop safe and secure, two interior compartments for keeping small items handy, a built-in document clip – so your papers don’t end up smashed at the bottom of the bag – and a flexible fit, which means your back will like it just as much as your eyes do. I love it.


Designed by Pierre Favresse, Jean is a small and minimal bubble of time, a dome of lightness struggling with weight, a 21st century digital tribute to the mechanical heaviness of Napoleonic clocks beneath bell jars. Edited by Super-ette, Jean is as precious as the symbolic values, which vary between contrasting functional and playful, light and solid, to maliciously mark our little daily rituals. Each clock is accomplished with a single blow and is as unique and variable as a small moment of life. Favresse says: Time and life are inextricably linked – we feel time pressures in our daily lives and wish we had more time; our time on this earth is limited and dictated by a clicking clock… Time therefore is something powerful yet fragile, which is why I wanted to encase it in a delicate white cloud of glass.


French designer Jean-Sébastien Poncet and ÉSÉ present a series of abstracted wooden animals based on an extremely simple and minimal concept. Pieces of wood, cut in simple geometries, are put together in order to create archetypal animal forms, a doe, cow, bull, rabbit or a stag. The resulting objects recall the impromptu toys of our childhood, when a few pieces of wood and a lot of imagination resulted in endless creative play-time and improvising narratives. The Animali Domesticki series form a beautiful home accessory or children’s toy. Jean-Sébastien Poncet also decided to scale up one of the series elements to transform the original piece into a beautiful sculpture.


To mark the occasion of its 60th birthday, the well known speaker manufacturer Elipson is honoring the landmark models that have shaped its history. The first speaker to gain fame was the famous bs 50, an acronym for its full name Staff Ball, 50 cm diameter. Designed in 1953, the bs 50 was created for the first sound and light shows at the Château de Chambord in France. Its ear allowed for precise sound diffusion. Elipson is reproducing this legendary model in today’s material and it is a perfect illustration of minimal design and high quality sound. I love it.


Beautiful and minimal shelf system developed by artist Liam Gillick. Throughout modern history, artists and architects have created their own furniture, or appropriated industrial objects, to satisfy their own needs and to demonstrate their vision for an improved way of life. The work of Liam Gillick breaks through the genre- and media-specific boundaries of the visual arts. He undertakes architectural and structural, spatial interventions as well as creates minimalist objects. Shelf System A is made of six powder-coated aluminum elements to be mounted onto the wall, three different color combinations. Produced by Schellmann Studio, limited to an edition of 100.