Abstract minimalist artist Pierre Soulages (1919) is also called the painter of black. He sees light as a matter to work with. Striating the black surface of his paintings enables him to make the light reflect, and allows the black to come out from darkness and into brightness. Black becomes a luminous colour. Pierre Soulages says: I like the authority of black. It’s an uncompromising colour. A violent colour, but one that encourages internalisation. Both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own. Honoured in 2010 by having painting exhibited in the Louvre and a major retrospective of his work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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The Colour Clock by London based designer Jack Hughes is a downloadable screen saver that represents the time in rotating color with hexadecimal color values. As the 6 digit clock ticks, the background color changes to the corresponding hexadecimal color. It is simply beautiful! Follow the Colour Clock link to see it in action. You can also see that hexadecimal value by clicking the button below the time.
Designed by Chinese-born, German-based Yiran Qian, the Eye of the Storm is a very simple, and minimalist watch. The most obvious feature is the absence of the watch face, assuming this is not necessary to read the time. As you press the button on its side, two lights come up indicating the time in analog format. I love it. Yiran Qian says: A storm can be a violent, destructive natural catastrophe. But at the centre of a swirling storm is a core of calm and quiet – the eye of the storm. This watch design was inspired by the eye of the storm. At its centre is a void. The time moves around the void. 2010 winner of the Red Dot Design Award, Qian’s watch is still just a concept. Stay tuned for further information.
John Doe, the design studio created by Grégory Lacoua and Jean Sébastien Lagrange has hallmarked the new interior design of the Chapel of the Carmelites of the Assumption in Paris. The chapel was built in 1959 by Noël Lemaresquier (a disciple of Le Corbusier). While the architects of 3Box realised the architectural conversion of the building, John Doe Studio tackled liturgical furniture: pews, prie-dieu, altar, font, tabernacle and lectern, all together with a minimalist approach. So if you are in Paris, check it out yourself!
Veio MWL from Artemide manufacturer is a table standing luminaire for direct LED lighting. Designed by Neil Poulton, it combines the advantages of LED technology with those of the My White Light (MWL) technology, enabling numerous variations of white light to be obtained, with different intensities and varieties of color temperature, producing all the tones of white light, from the warmest to the coldest. The neat, essential and extremely minimal line is a modern revisiting of the desk lamp.
Watch company Ziiiro has just released a minimalist watch with no distracting elements in the design. Without hands or markings. The Ziiiro Gravity uses a combination of two rings keep spinning to make a temporal distinction. The tip of the inner ring represents an hour, while the tip of the outer ring indicates minutes, and the gradient fade tracks the passage of time. The watch allows the actual time-telling part to pop out to mix and match colors with a silicone band that clamps to your hand like a flexible wristband. Very cool.
A dose of minimalism and efforts for changing the perception is maybe the simplest definition for Antrepo Design Studio. Minimalist effect in the maximalist market is about simplicity, with this project, the studio is trying to find alternate simple version for some package samples of the international brands. Antrepo team think almost every product needs some review for minimal feeling. I love the approach. What is your choice in these 3 different variations? 1. Original variation 2. Simple variation 3. More simple variation
American minimalist artist, Carl Andre (1935) is known for his geometrical arrangement of commercial and natural materials such as bricks, blocks and plates. His most significant contribution was to distance sculpture from processes of carving, modeling, or constructing, and to make works that simply involved sorting and placing. Andre has sought to renegociate conventions of display, forcing a dialogue between the object and its surrouding. Carl Andre has received this year the Switzerland’s 2011 Roswitha Haftmann Foundation Prize. I love it because the artist does not want his sculptures to have a fixed view point, but to be experienced as more than areas or paths.
Plus Minus Zero is the name of the brand chosen for the minimalist industrial designs of Naoto Fukasawa (1954). It’s hard to deny the elegance and beauty of the innovative and understated Wrist Watch from Plus Minus Zero. The strap simply threads through the back of the face and so can be easily changed, it also makes the watch clean and a beautiful single entity. Naoto Fukasawa says: Many designers feel that objects should somehow be stimulating and eye-catching. However, I feel that it’s important that people don’t notice them unless they are needed. I am trying to create a feeling of “I don’t know exactly why, but I feel good”. Minimalist aesthetic is about simplicity, functionality, fashion and design, coupled with great build quality. I love it.
Minimalism is the official language of public sculpture and public memorials. The Indian-born, London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor (1954) lets art and architecture show off. His sculpture is in many ways one long ode to the minimalist monochrome and its emphasis on simplicity and purity, but he has also explored different materials such as fibreglass and reflective metal surface to create organic forms that mirror the viewer. I love his wildly popular Cloud Gate, an enormous, shiny, pillowlike archway at Millennium Park in Chicago. So if you are in the city, check it out yourself!
French architect Jean Nouvel’s Hook wall is a minimalist storage surface. It is also a new and interesting way to animate home or office walls. Nouvel had been inspired by computer punch cards and sheet music staves when he designed this wall system for Italian brand Methis. The system comprises metal strips with hidden joints, shelves and containers can be hung from gaps between the strips. Jean Nouvel says: A metal architecture, like a quotation from Jean Prouvé’s work: rather than a wall this is a continuous building system that encloses joints into the metal folds. And its corrugated skin, regularly perforated and lacquered, turns into a wall. A wall to capture light and liven up the space around it. I love it as the wall turns into a complete device with infinite potential…
Voids, an entire exhibition devoted to the art of nothing. A retrospective of empty exhibitions since that of Yves Klein (1928-1962) in 1958, who invited thousands to view an empty, white-washed room. This exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris was in 2009 one of the most radical show ever seen inside a museum. Stretched through nine rooms, completely empty, each one was the work of an artist from the past fifty years. The best explaination of the show came from the curators themselves: Bringing together propositions by Yves Klein, Robert Irwin, Laourie Parsons, Roman Ondak, Bethan Huws, Maria Eichhorn, Robert Berry and Art & Language, this very special retrospective includes only exhibitions that presented a completely space, gallery or museum. It casts light on an element in art history that has long been neglected because it represents a challenge not only to the museums but also to the art market. At the same time it raises a number of questions, such as what is an exhibition? or the possibility to revive ephemeral works, known only through documentation and the memories of those who witnessed it? An extreme minimalist experience, a refreshing reprieve to have so much room for contemplation,...