I am sure many of you are now familiar with the wonderful publications of the Bristol based Cereal Magazine and their beautifully designed products. It is one of their newest products that I am sharing with you today, just in time for the Holidays. These simple, minimalist Cereal Christmas Cards feature two styles: a tree and a mountain design, each printed on 350gsm Arcowhite paper. The blank cards come in a set of four (two of each design) in a white cardboard box, including white envelopes. I wasted no time in getting these cards for myself, which actually look even better in person, and make for an ideal way of presenting one’s holiday message.
Carl MH Barenbrug
Back to purity, back to simplicity.
Ivania Carpio – @love_aesthetics – is a Dutch product developer, blogger and creator of one of the most followed blogs around: Love Aesthetics. Having previously featured Ivania’s exquisitely designed Capsule Collection for BlackBlessed, we now take a closer look into her Instagram of pure, minimalist aesthetics that continue to impress on a daily basis. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? There is no specific inspiration, just finding beauty in the daily things and capturing that in a little square. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? They are very, very important, if not the most important thing for me to be able to work. I can not think if there is visual stress in the form of clutter. I like to manipulate my environment as much as possible and surround myself with things that inspire me. When and how do you decide to take a photo? Strangely (for a blogger), Instagramming isn’t a second nature, often after seeing something I think to myself, “I should have snapped that for Instagram.” I like to enjoy life through my own eyes and not through the screen of my iPhone. But for Instagram I usually decide to take a picture...
Cathérine Lovatt is a Belgian freelance ceramicist who’s portfolio of ceramic works has found me hugely impressed, particularly because of their minimalist aesthetic. Lovatt has designed for the likes of Serax, Domani and Belgoflor, and it is this beautiful collection of ceramic crockery for the Belgian company Serax, that I would like to share with you. Family Set, which includes plates, bowls, beakers, carafe and teapot, are made in stoneware clay consisting of six different basic forms based on the cylinder. Each piece from the collection is available for purchase through the Gosto online store. The teapot would make for a particularly good Christmas gift, in my opinion. Superb.
Last year we featured the wonderful minimalist stainless steel sculptures of Australian visual artist, George Papadimas. His latest works are the products of his ongoing fascination with numerical sequences and the inherent relationships that occur within mathematical algorithms. The sculptural work, Untitled Paired Quarter Sequence, utilises Papadimas’s adaptation of the Fibonacci sequence, in which the resulting multi-digit numbers are reduced to their single digit sum. The imagery, Untitled Paired Digits, is a beautiful series of highly saturated hues, of which the base format is the elementary representation of two paired numbers in written form. At the heart of each work, mathematical premise reigns. One fully embodies the harmonic relationship between line and form, and the other does its best to conceal. I like the concept behind these pieces, but particularly the clean connections of the skeletal structures. These are currently being exhibited at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam until 8th December 2013.
Ilanka Verhoeven – @ilankaverhoeven – is a Dutch freelance fashion stylist currently residing in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and runs the popular blog FASHIONNERDIC. Below is an insight into her incredibly stylish, minimal and exceptionally captured Instagram: What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m mostly intrigued by architecture and the human body. I consider these two as equal and admire them for their purity. My photos always represent these two elements, whether it is a photo of myself or the meal I just ate. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? I like my surroundings to be organised as I then feel calm and my creativity has the freedom to flow. I can easily be inspired by simply displaying a magazine on my desk. When and how do you decide to take a photo? I hardly decide to take a photo, it is more of a natural aspiration. What is your favourite quote on minimalism? “It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyse one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, it’s quality as a whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and...
Stockholm based design studio People People set about reinventing a classic with their latest project. They wanted to update the robust, albeit heavy and clumsy Kronan bike with a more sleek, light weight and minimalist design, stripped down to its essence. So People People designed a successor in Spiran. A robust construction combined with a sleek, light weight frame and slim racing tires, Spiran has been optimised for the agility and speed needed in a city. The designers also opted for a single speed approach, with a carbon fibre belt instead of a chain, meaning no lubrication or maintenance. In everything from the frame to the leather details, we wanted to use only genuine materials that not only last a long time, but also age with grace. Besides its clean lines and slim form factor, People People’s design also impresses with the integrated bike lock that folds out from the front basket, locking the bike in the front wheel or even around a city lamp post or fence. Simple, clever and robust. I love it.
Annaleena Leino-Karlsson – @annaleenashem – is a Finnish interior stylist/designer currently residing in southern Sweden, but who will soon be moving to Stockholm. She works with her own label, Annaleena and runs the blog annaleenas hem. Below is an insight into her beautifully captured Instagram: What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I have always searched inspiration for my work from nature and music. There is a clear rhythm in both two and I need to feel that my products are strong and well balanced in that way. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? Very much. It can be a little sad sometimes that I need so much space to create and think. But it does not mean that a loud city would hinder me to be creative, just the opposite, it can be a positive environment that inspires to something new. When and how do you decide to take a photo? When the spirit moves and when I see something that I like. Like the perfect shade or the angle of the seat. I can not always control when I take a photo but that’s part of the game. What is your favourite quote on minimalism?...
Studio Macura, lead by Dutch product designer Marko Macura, is an Eindhoven based design label of domestic accessories and furnishings, with a certain minimalist aesthetic. One product in particular stood out for me. That is the beautiful design of Lako – a bent-steel wire rack for storing books and magazines. Compact and light, it can be placed next to a sofa or a bed. Periodicals and books that are arranged on this sculptural yet functional object become a mini, mobile library. The handle at the apex is used to move it around while its straight lines and angles permit various options for storing. Lako is not dissimilar to the sleek Jorge magazine rack previously featured on Minimalissimo, but is available in high gloss powder coating or electroplating finishes, as well as three colours; black, grey, and white. The slim and simple straight line structure makes for a product I’d certainly consider for my home.
San Francisco based audio accessories brand Native Union, strive to bring communication back to how it should be: simple and enjoyable. With this in mind, they have designed the award winning Switch – a compact, lightweight, and portable Bluetooth speaker. It pairs to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with wireless ease, letting you listen to all your audio with unmatched sound and quality. The name Switch derives from its ability to play audio effectively in both a vertical and horizontal position. Aside from its sound quality, it’s the beautifully minimalist box design that has me particularly impressed. The speaker’s rubber exterior encases all sides of the box except the metal speaker screen. The exterior also features the Native Union logo, which unfortunately is its only aesthetic flaw. I would have preferred a more subtle (same colour) engraving. However, an intuitive volume wheel inspired by hi-fi audio systems is convenient to use, regardless of the speaker’s position. Switch comes in a variety of colours and is available on both the Native Union and the Apple stores. Images courtesy of Apple.
London based brand Uniform Wares, designers of the beautiful 100 Series wristwatches previously featured on Minimalissimo back in 2010, have recently unveiled their all-new 104 Series. This immaculate and minimalistic collection includes the PVD Black with black rubber, the Satin Bead Blasted with blue rubber, and the Brushed Steel with orange rubber. Each of which is as beautiful as the other. The 104 Series boldly plays with colour blocking and texture, using subtly different colours and contrasting materials on the cases, bezels and other elements including the dials, batons and markers. This new design is a comprehensive update to Uniform Wares’ iconic 100 collection. Instead of the pointed tip being on the hour hand as previously, it now appears on the minute hand, but it begs the question; why have a pointed tip at all? On a whole though, the design of each piece in this series certainly impresses with my preference lying with the black.
Milan based architect and industrial designer Monica Armani, internationally recognised by the precision of geometry, the purity and consistency of her work, designed in 2010 the minimalist, sleek and stunning WGS Stool for Italian furniture brand, Gallotti&Radice. The WGS Stool is designed in bright stainless steel as well as embossed white or grey aluminium, which can be covered by felt, 3D Tex, leather, suede or fabric in a variety of colours and patterns. Measuring 45 x 30 x 45 cm, the low stool is a simple and subtle piece of furniture that would surely compliment any contemporary interior. I really enjoy the thinness of the design, its smooth rounded corners, and the iced 3D Tex finish is particularly beautiful.
Australian artist Matthew Allen, currently based in Sydney, is a colour based painter. His work, which has been consistently exhibited at Sydney’s Sullivan+Strumpf gallery since 2008, consists of a beautiful collection of minimalist colour combinations. Allen’s paintings are absent of any formal composition and physical elements of the artist’s hand to present an ongoing enquiry into the pure materiality of paint upon canvas and the fundamental structure of painting itself: colour, medium and process. The painting is delicately handled to produce soft gradients of tone that in turn creates an atmospheric, sensory and emotional experience for the viewer. Some of the gradients Allen has created, particularly in his 2010 works, look absolutely superb.