Minimalissimo


Bronwyn Marshall

Undo one thing.

Roderick’s Analog Watch is a refined and light-weight timepiece. Currently existing as a concept design only, and not yet in production, this piece is conceived on the idea of simplifying the stereotypical form of the analogue watch as much as possible while retaining its functionality and ease of use. Purposely designed in a way that has a sense of transparency of form and a physical connectedness to the user, through wear there is a unique and differentiated formal quality. The hands of the watch are attached to the circumference thus enabling it (the face) to be hollow. The way in which it opposes traditional formal expectations, the design takes the idea of its minimalist rhetoric to another level. Designed to be unisex and non-identifiable on a gender level is not a new approach, but in this case, creates an opportunity for a differing aesthetic based on its wearer; adding another level of identity. In a market where the analogue is in direct competition with the emerging wearables market, creates a sense of differentiated value is essential. This is a very clever nod. Photography courtesy of Roderick/TokyoFlash.


Public School’s Resort 2016 collection is a strong statement of forms and lines. Collating as a collection of black, white, silver and grey, Resort 2016 explores a street style that imbues a level of embedded sophistication. Formally, the tailoring is well considered, together with relaxed cuts, this collection is one of cool cred. Based out of New York City, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne created the label Public School based on a strong lineage of refined simplicity. Their work is renowned for its lines being clean, urban ones with an emphasis on accessibility to the American and in particular, New York style. Each piece is a considered fusion of cut and discipline. Watch this space. Photography courtesy of Public School.


Xirel Segard’s Galalux Lamp is a floating sphere of concrete lux and a creative approach to illumination. Made from concrete and available in two varying sizes, the magical orb of light is both a sculptural and functional addition to space. The thin sliver of exposed light that seeps from the center of the sphere acts as the functional injection into an otherwise geometric form. Although it seems to levitate with this streak of light passing through it, the materiality itself helps ground the object to the space. Based in Paris, Segard has been involved in numerous exhibitions and the recipient of many awards. Weighing in around 3kgs, the Galalux is one of many of her experimentations with concrete. Her work is articulated form-wise with a somewhat lightness, somehow due to the aeration of the concrete itself, but there also exists this a duality and juxtaposition, through the material’s strength. This experimentation and playfulness has given birth to this beautiful piece of industrial design that subtly illuminates and just as subtly adds a sense of curiosity. Photography courtesy of Xirel Segard.


London-based Fourfoursixsix’s Villa Mörtnäs combines considered Scandinavian style together with abounding contextual deliberation. Designed over three levels, the minimal formality of this villa clearly helps define a lineation of spaces within. Each floor plays its own, almost completely differing, function from the next. Entering at ground level is support space, which is submerged into the landscape and acts as the private entrance to the house. Ascending upward, the first level then houses the areas for rest and sleep, with the remaining living spaces on the upper most level, all accessed through stairs. The intentional vistas throughout, the regular and purposed window locations, create selected key apertures revealing the view. The living areas have been placed at the top of the building in order to enhance sunlight. There is also a notable differentiated volume in height between the floors. The living spaces almost seem to be double in volume, compared to the other levels. The intention is to amplify the light accessibility into the spaces. Completed in 2014, the arrangement on site of the villa to be facing the sea helps create a connection to the landscape beyond. The materiality of concrete, glass, oak and a muted palette, creates a sense...


Yiannis Ghikas’ Game of Trust Hanger is designed based on three interlocking, leaning elements. The Game of Trust itself is one based on trusting your partner, and falling into a position of support, reinforcing the strength of the connection. This Hanger plays up to this notion. Available in a number of painted or natural finishes, from solid wood, due to its composition, the piece is also modular in nature. Based out of Athens, Greece, Ghikas designed this piece based on three identical Y-shaped elements, each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transformed the units into a unity. This in itself, the minimal composition of its elements, is beautiful. Photography courtesy of Nikos Alexopoulos.


WayPoint’s Libra Lights are a beautiful symphony of converging illuminated lines. Designed by Sara Ferarri Design, and based in Italy, these lights combine for a sculptural feature and seamless lighting element. Each piece is not constrained by another, and as such, there is a fragility to their configuration; a feeling of movement. Each piece, if hung in a collaboration, hangs independently, therefore creating its own dialogue with the other pieces. Available in a brass, gold and polished silver finish, these Libra Lights are a handsome play on lines. Each module stays in balance thanks to weight forces hidden in their own shape and create interesting shapes in space. As part of the WayPoint Atelier collection, these lights result in sculptures of light in midair. Their minimal and lighted-ness add considerable value to any space. Photography courtesy of Federico Marin.


The Boyscouts’ Parallel Circuit collection is one of curated lines and geometries. Based in the Netherlands, the label is founded on the philosophy of survival of the finest with an emphasis on quality; overtly obvious. Parallel Circuit is a line of varied neck, hand and finger adornments, varying in finish. Featured are the silver pieces, but each is also available in both a yellow and rose gold finish. The naming of the label The Boyscouts, has also been served the same level of level of discipline; where a nod to contemporary fashion meets the aesthetics and tradition of scouting is key. Extending to bags and accessories, the label is one that embodies minimalism through creating small subtle and considered gestures in design. Photography courtesy of Floor Knaapen.


Michael Anastassiades’ Mobile Chandelier 6 is a series of light-weight floating and balancing geometries. Each chandelier piece is comprised of black patinated brass, with mouth-blown opaline spheres for illumination and varying pendant rod lengths to order. The resulting forms are effortless and seem to engage in space with a unique lightness. Based in London, Anastassiades has collaborated and designed for FLOS, Lobmeyr and Svenskt Tenn, along with concentrating on the curation of his own signature pieces; a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery, and tabletop objects. His philosophy of a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design is clear through his work, with an emphasis on the minimal and utilitarian. The Mobile Chandelier 6 series is a clear extension of this philosophy. Photography courtesy of Michael Anastassiades.


Beller’s Equal seating ensemble personifies minimalism, emphasizing a sense of delicate sensibility. The collection is a set of chairs and stools all made from retracting wood in a tight grip of a single, seamless piece of cast metal. The philosophy of the strength between the relationships between objects, and people, is the basis for material selection and composition. The ash wood and the cast aluminum stand as these opposites, united in the Equal chair. Norway-based Lars Beller Fjetland studied at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts focusing on furniture, interiors and lighting, and his Norwegian coastal roots are clearly overt in his work. It is typical of the beautiful Scandinavian tone of combined considered tradition, restrained form and impeccable and seamless detailing. Equal is the spawn of this fascination with detail and a timeless aesthetic. Photography courtesy of Magne Sandnes.


AÃRK Collective’s timepiece range is a fusion of tradition and precision. Each piece uses Swiss and Japanese Quartz movements and hand-dipped casings and soft Horween leather straps. The Eclipse is the epitome of this balance and discipline. Inspired by time and the duality of night and day through the dual-tones of materiality and formal placement. The simple, contrasting dial evokes the moon’s movement in relation to the earth and the sun. Based in Melbourne, Australia, AÃRK Collective sees a collaboration of four creative aligned by family and a love of design. Emphasizing the need for quality and considered pieces has meant the resulting design is the uncomplicated and imbues minimalism. There is a simplicity in the undoing, and the careful placement of elements coming together. AÃRK Collective put as much thought into the parts that most people won’t see, and the result is beautiful. Photography courtesy AÃRK Collective.


Ando Corporation’s Rooms project is a submerged Japanese house set into hillside, peaking out over the ocean. This minimalist series of volumes that all seem to play cooperatively together in the landscape, are a stark and beautiful contrast to the coastal terrain. At nearing 290 sqm, Rooms is a modest nod to the Japanese lifestyle; discreet, contained and respectful. Each volume of white plaster seems to come together seamlessly through a series of walkways and terraces, to create this unassuming sanctuary, nestled in the sloping elevation. The site’s location is optimally primed to maximize on the incredible Pacific Oceanic aspect. Fenestration is purposely restrained to not be full-height, to frame views and to leave some of the unknown, unknown. Set in Wakayama, Japan the clean white plastered forms contrast the natural site, while playful formal landscape geometry engages in nuances and details throughout. Rooms is the epitome of what residential dwellings should aspire to be, a sanctuary; a closing of the door to the chaos, and an opening to the beyond (in this case, the limitlessness of the ocean beyond). Ando Corporation has created an incredible example of reflective architecture, celebrating minimalism. Photography courtesy of Kimikazu Tomizawa.


Swedish designer Malin Henningsson brings a minimal curation of brass lines, marble and perspex. Founded in 2013, Henningsson’s jewelry collection brings together a curiosity in form, through materiality and line work. The combination of the natural, untamed and unaltered marble pieces with the smooth lines of the gold-plated brass elements, sees a collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings that adorn with an inquisitiveness. Described as wearable sculpture, the basis of this Collection is to express a devotion to craftsmanship with a renewal as key. The basis of the design is shaped around utilizing and pushing boundaries with regard to shape and the way in which materials are incorporated and combined. Hand-crafted in Stockholm, this collection is an ode to traditional formwork, but contrasts with the composition of its elements. Henningsson is one to watch. Photography courtesy of Malin Henningsson.