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Carl MH Barenbrug

  • Minimalism Life
    Minimalissimo’s passion is minimalism in design, and although that is our focus, we also understand that minimalism is more than an aesthetic. It can be considered and adopted in many different ways — whether it be how it affects the possessions you own, the way you approach design, how you style your home, how you spend […]
  • Slava Varsovia Limited Edition
    Slava Varsovia is a Polish minimalist accessory brand which is based — as the second part of the name indicates — in Warsaw. We have been following Slava’s work since its founding in 2013, observing the intricate way in which designer Anna Szydlowska manages to create a really distinguishable brand experience in a market that […]
  • Summer Essentials Pt.II
    Continuing our new fashion and accessories series by Minimalissimo — the essentials guide. Designed to simply share a handful of minimalist products to make certain areas of your life a little better, focused and refined. The first collection is our Summer Essentials to help with the summertime pursuits many of us experience at this time […]
  • Summer Essentials Pt.I
    Introducing a new fashion and accessories series by Minimalissimo — the essentials guide. Designed to simply share a handful of minimalist products to make certain areas of your life a little better, focused and refined. The first collection is our Summer Essentials to help with the summertime pursuits many of us experience at this time […]
  • BKR Bottles
    There are surprisingly very few quality water bottles available for minimalists. I’m not particularly interested in cheap, disposable, plastic water bottles. Instead, I’m looking for better design. Design with better consideration for aesthetics, feel and functionality. BKR duo Tal Winter and Kate Cutler were no different and decided to design a coveted beauty essential that […]
  • Danzo Desk Organisers
    Many of us like to keep our desks organised. It’s a basic necessity, but one that’s essential to me when working, in order to maintain focus and a sense of calm. Design studio, Danzo have created a small series of aluminium alloy organisers that would be fitting for any minimalist. The Landscape organisers introduce a […]
  • MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design
    Simplicity in design is fairly divisive, often challenged because of how seemingly “easy” it is. Something I quite strongly, disagree with. I was recently introduced to an impeccably curated and insightful book that quashes the minimalism myth. When at its most accomplished, simplified graphic design is so well considered and so well balanced, that it […]
  • House B
    Impeccable minimalist architecture is something we’ve always been passionate about and it’s also synonymous with Swiss studio E2A Architects‘ work. Founded by brothers Piet & Wim Eckert, their latest residential project, House B, is a gorgeous geometric concrete structure that maximises natural light. Located along the Zurich Goldcoast, the house is designed to do something […]
  • Happy Holidays!
    All of us from the Minimalissimo team would like to wish you happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas! It has been a memorable year for us with many highlights, including our successful Kickstarter campaign, the launch of our first printed magazine and our site redesign by the talented team at Six. We have greatly […]
  • Trinität Special Edition
    Japanese designer and art director Yuta Takahashi designed this special edition of the book Trinität by German theologian Michael Debus. This book is based on ‘Trinity’ which he told when he visited Japan in 2013 and 2014 in an attempt to explain his theory to the Country. The resulting two volumes were created to narrate […]
  • CB Residence
    CB Residence (not mine, sadly) is a remarkably beautiful, pared down home designed by Belgian architect, Marc Merckx. The residence features a wonderful combination of materials, including a geometric grey brick façade with concrete, large black steel window frames, and gorgeous oak flooring throughout. The large windows allows for soft natural light to enter the […]
  • Minimalissimo x Six
    Welcome to the new Minimalissimo. This site redesign sees not only a significant change to our look and feel to compliment our new identity, but also introduces a much improved and simplified browsing experience for our readers. We have introduced a number of beautiful new features, including a slider at the top of the homepage […]
  • Rebranding Minimalissimo
    Since 2009, Minimalissimo’s identity was focused on serif typography, specifically the beautiful Baskerville typeface. You may think this was an unusual choice considering serif type is undoubtedly maximal in form, however it helped shape an identity for Minimalissimo, but I suppose you could say that it never felt the most suitable option. With this in […]
  • brød branding
    Copenhagen-based graphic design studio 2Y recently introduced their conceptual visual identity for a modern boutique bakery, brød. It is to be located in Copenhagen, where the craftsmanship of breadmaking relives its splendour while the ever-growing popularity of bake-shops raises the bar for upscale bakeries. The creative minds behind 2Y studio, Olga Loy and Emil Galazka, […]
  • ystudio
    ystudio look to revive the love of writing through their new line of beautiful, durable and minimalist writing tools. Crafted and manufactured out of Taiwan, the studio’s stationery collection is constructed from pure copper and brass and consists of a rollerball pen, ballpoint pen, sketching pen and mechanical pencil. We believe that the value of […]
  • Common Projects SS15
    Common Projects footwear defines understated luxury and have become synonymous with quiet, clean, simple sneakers. I have been an admirer of the brand for some time now and considering their collection, in particular, their Spring Summer 2015 collection, designed with minimalist sensibilities, it should come as no surprise to see the New York-based brand featured […]
  • Nivis
    Shiro Studio is a London based design practice established by Andrea Morgante, committed to the creation of unique architecture and objects. Shiro means ‘white’ in Japanese, but here it implies a philosophical translation where white is perceived as the purest creative approach. An approach which has seen the design of the award winning Nivis — […]
  • Oxo Family
    The Italian furniture company, Kristalia, fast becoming a Minimalissimo favourite, recently introduced to us the beautiful OXO family of chairs, designed by Xavier Lust, which will be on display at Milan Design Week later this month. Oxo is the outcome of both ongoing research by Kristalia to find new production technologies and Xavier Lust’s in-depth […]
  • Inside Instagram: Sara Medina Lind
    Sara Medina Lind — @saramedinalind — is a half Swedish, half Canarian freelance art director and photographer currently living in Vasastan, Stockholm. In between working on visual identities, product photography and shooting interiors for magazines, Sara has put together a remarkably beautiful photo collection of her home where any minimalism enthusiast would dream of living. […]
  • Blank
    Naples based Italian photographer Salvatore Pastore recently drew my attention when I was introduced to his strikingly minimal and monochromatic Blank series. The work comprises 11 black and white images featuring exterior and interior shots of various buildings. It concerns the blank not as an empty space, but as the feeling of disorientation in the […]
  • Thin-K Longo Outdoor
    Kristalia, an Italian furniture design studio, has designed a new version of the stunning Thin-K table, introducing the minimalistic Thin-K Longo Outdoor table. It features a top that is not only very thin but also considerably long: almost 3 metres. Kristalia wanted to create an extremely long top reaching a truly impressive length while maintaining […]
  • SUITED
    Last week I was introduced to SUITED — a new beautifully designed biannual fashion and art publication with a singular mission in mind: to celebrate those who have found what they are well-suited for. The first issue highlights the latest work of fashion designers Melitta Baumeister and Rad Hourani, featuring remarkable photography by the talented […]
  • Inside Instagram: Marja Wickman
    Marja Wickman — @mustaovi — is an art director from Finland. She also runs Musta Ovi (The Black Door) — a blog focused on house building and Scandinavian design. We take a closer look at Marja’s striking photographs of her beautifully styled home and gain a small insight into how such a collection has materialised. […]
  • Luka Žanić Photography
    An identity, stationery and promotional materials design for the architectural photographer Luka Žanić, realised by Studio8585 — a Croatian design studio which provides simple and elegant brand solutions. The project takes advantage of a typographically challenging set of characters in the form of a monogram, cleverly framing Luka Žanić’s beautiful photography within the context of […]