South Korean artist Yoon Sol has produced a wonderful ceramic series titled From the Archetype, which involves layering porcelain in thin sheets to create different shapes. He writes: I work from a sphere to produce thin layers of bowl shaped elements with different diameters and heights. If these layers are placed one by one, small and big bowls can form an installation piece. From the Archetype tells a story of building up imperfection status through decomposition of a typical and perfect image, and of seeking the right pieces to complete my own pictorial puzzle. Here, Yoon Sol beautifully demonstrates the limitless of variation spawned from a single shape, resulting in a flawless collection of simple white ceramics that go beyond the aesthetics.
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Back to purity, back to simplicity.
At the beginning of the year, Sydney based fashion brand, Uniform Studios (UNIF.M), announced their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection containing remarkably simple, stylish and undoubtedly sought after designs for both men and women. Like many simple, minimalist garments, it is the fabric and the details that make a design successful. Here, UNIF.M have carefully considered their fabrics, sticking to the classics — wool, silk, cotton, leather — fabrics of quality and wearability. There’s minimalism, elegance and a casual feel to this range that I really do appreciate. UNIF.M explains: We see this collection as an extension of our previous ranges. We don’t really like to limit our designs by one particular story or mood. We focus on each garment individually and tend to be item-driven. It’s the small details that may not be noticeable at first that make each garment loveable to us. We care deeply about the details. Photography by Bowen Aricò.
Paul Jung — @pauljungdiary — is an Australian photographer, represented by Artist & Agency, based in New York. Today we take a closer look at the man behind the lens and into Paul’s exceptionally captured Instagram collection, that features a consistent minimalist aesthetic throughout. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? The work is about removing layers form the world around us, to find a common denominator among all of us. The remaining content is left bare to evoke feeling within, a sense of liberation and emptiness are my preferred palettes. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? My work environment has a bird’s eye view over Manhattan as well as the open sky. It allows me to remove myself and see the bigger picture every morning. My daily ritual consists of removing everything around me that is unnecessary, which I find is the only way for me to concentrate before my work begins. When and how do you decide to take a photo? After it has time to swim around in my mind over a good period of time. Taking the actual photo is essentially the last chore that happens. What is your favourite quote on minimalism? ”Perfection...
Hai Lien is a make up artist currently based in China, where she runs a make up academy. Her work covers skin care and colour make up and in order to initiate the wide market in the region into the true beauty of make up in a more effective manner as well as hand down her secret method, she has decided to launch her own cosmetics range in China — Hai Lien CC Cream. The design of the branding and packaging of Hai Lien’s new cosmetics line is by minimalist, a boutique design studio based in Gangnam, Seoul, Korea. Their philosophy in design is one I am certainly familiar with and one that most certainly applies to Hai Lien’s branding: We believe good designs can be achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. For this project, the designer’s explain some design characteristics: The distinctive staircase patterns are the motive of Hai Lien’s professionalism, and the classy black and white colour scheme will differentiate the range from showy colour scheme of its competitors on the shelf. From the minimalist aesthetic of the bottle, the type design of the logo, to...
Maria Van Nguyen — @vnyen — is originally from Oslo and born to Vietnamese parents. She is currently based in New York where she studies fashion design at Parsons, and works at the fashion house Acne Studios. Maria also runs a beautifully curated blog where she celebrates and discusses minimalist fashion. Today we explore Maria’s Instagram and gain an insight into how her superb collection has come about. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? Minimalism is not only an aesthetic pleasure but a lifestyle. I’m attracted to things that are serene and calm, but somehow bold in its own way. On the other hand, it’s important that things are real and untouched so every now and then there will be photos that might not be the most minimal. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? New York is a busy city where you can always go somewhere to find inspiration if you need it. Still, I tend to shy away from any disturbance and surround myself with clear and open spaces that breathe instead. It keeps my mind at ease and makes it easier for me to focus. Other than that I like to surround myself with...
Cathérine Lovatt is a Belgian freelance ceramicist who’s work we previously featured towards the end of last year. We have since kept a close eye on her ceramic creations and today I would like to share with you her beautifully simplistic ceramic wall vase, designed for Belgian interior decoration brand, Serax. The minimalistic cylindrical design of this hanging vase, part of Lovatt’s Episode One collection, certainly adds an elegant touch to any wall. Measuring only 11cm, this fabulous little object is available in grey, but could quite easily be painted to match a particular aesthetic in one’s home. If you enjoy just a hint of greenery, this would make for an ideal and subtle decorative solution for the minimalist in you. Photography courtesy of Ale Besso.
Marion Krumphuber — @graphitree — is an Austrian and Vienna based multimedia designer and blogger. She runs the minimalistic visual journal, graphitree.com and is currently studying History of Art. Today we gain an insight into her remarkable collection of Instagram photographs, dominated by a clean, clear and striking aesthetic. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m inspired by many things: art, nature, music. In summary my inspiration is life itself. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? As a visual person surroundings are very important to me. Many of my photos were taken in my apartment where I am free to create my own view. But I also think that my state of mind is just as important as my surroundings, since creative processes are connected to emotions. When and how do you decide to take a photo? If I like the moment I’m in, I capture it. What is your favourite quote on minimalism? “Less is more.” — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Would you like the opportunity to have your minimalist Instagram collection featured? Please use the hashtag #minimalissimo on any photo you capture.
KIOMI is a newly established independent German fashion label with seasonal ready-to-wear collections produced throughout the year. Although their collections are not typically minimalistic in their aesthetic, I recently came across their exceptionally simple and stylish high-top shoes. Devoid of any external branding, the KIOMI mark is only featured on the inside sole of the shoe, maintaining a clean and essential appearance. I like this. Designed with 100% genuine leather, these high-tops are available in white, black and brown — the white certainly being the standout choice for me. There is not a lot more you can ask for when it comes to casual and comfortable minimalism in a shoe. Images courtesy of Zalando.
It has been quite some time since we last featured some beautiful minimalist art pieces on Minimalissimo, so today I would like to introduce you to the remarkable painted works of New York based abstract artist, Augustus Nazzaro. Nazzaro’s work over recent years predominantly features dark, minimalist, abstract forms, a number of which are inspired by military campaigns. His most recent project titled, In Pursuit of Shadows, is particularly striking. For me however, his Rifle Locker series from 2011 stands out as some of his strongest work due to the intricate texture of the black surfaces and the repetition of subtle silhouettes. More of this series along with other examples of his paintings can be found on Nazzaro’s website. Photography courtesy of Saatchi Online.
Ode to Things is a microstore specialised in well-designed, quality lifestyle accessories, and when I recently discovered one of their objects in the form of the Futagami Brass Bottle Opener designed by Masanori Oji, it lead me to a store full of beautifully minimalist and simple accessories. A collection that I have no doubt many of you will also appreciate. Ode to Things explains: We love objects that add function, style, and fun to your life. That’s why we created this concise collection of everyday items that are special in the way they bring form, function, and elegance together. From Hidetoshi Takahashi’s Kami Wood Cups, to Lovisa Wattman’s Iris Hantverk Concrete Bowls, to Christina Weber’s Studiopatró Kitchen & Café Aprons, this range of household objects have been superbly selected, and as a relatively new online store, I will be keeping a close eye on how Ode to Things develops throughout the year.
I was recently introduced to Sans Form, an independent minimalistic brand of t-shirts, hoodies, prints and bags created by an international collective of renowned graphic designers. Hand-printed using the best paper, the most vibrant ink, and only the softest of t-shirts, their products have been beautifully and carefully designed. The majority of prints in the store have been designed by Sans Form, but the superb and visually simple Shapes Evolution collection is the result of Italian graphic designer Alessandro Scarpellini of Aesse. Many more designers will be contributing to the store throughout the year, including Add Studio, Ashley O’Brien, Andy Sherborne, Bili Cardona, and Maqina. Sans Form have also been generous enough to offer our readers a 10% discount on all items, using the code: MINIMALISSIMO. There is also a 15% discount if you follow Sans Form on Twitter or Instagram.
Timothy Baga — @timothybaga — based in New York city, is currently working at fashion house Reed Krakoff, and is a visual enthusiast with pure love for graphic, timeless, sculptural form. Prior to Reed Krakoff, Timothy spent four years at Calvin Klein house where he was deeply influenced by reduction in the postmodern era. Outside of his full-time work, Timothy collaborates and creates striking imagery with his photographer and fashion styling partners. And it is this striking photography that we take a closer look at today. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I am inspired by art, architecture, fashion, motion picture and music, as well as geometric and graphic sensibilities. I am also fuelled by the power of light and shadow, the marrying contrast of black and white with select grey infusions. I am passionate about the future without completely disregarding the past, so I do my best to capture daily: My minimalist photo collection is a visual tale of my everyday trails. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? A monochromatic landscape allows me to be organic and live effortlessly. Color can be distracting, so I constantly surround myself with black and white ideologies — this...