Minimalissimo


Carl MH Barenbrug

Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Sef Quemado — @sefquemado — is a visual artist from Manila, Philippines, and personal style blogger at Fashion + Bacon. Sef graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts. We recently caught up with Sef to discuss her wonderful, fashion focused Instagram collection. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m mainly inspired by the beauty in simple things. I’m also drawn to a minimalist approach to fashion and the clean lines in architecture. And I have this strange obsession with white walls and mental institutions. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? Visual clutter can be very distracting, so I always try to keep my work environment as organised as possible. A clear open space allows me to stay focused and helps my creative juices flow. I also find listening to music always lifts my mood and blocks out distractions. Other than that, I like to surround myself with the few people I enjoy, my six cats, and doing the things I love. When and how do you decide to take a photo? Whenever I see something that I find aesthetically pleasing and easy on the eye....


I was recently introduced to high-end European menswear brand Enfin Levé and their superbly simple Eorri collection. As opposed to the brands mainline avant-garde aesthetics, Eorri extends the direction by releasing minimalist, simple designs made with the finest fabrics for a comfortable, everyday wear with a unique identity. Handcrafting their clothes in small, local ateliers and manufacturers in Italy, Switzerland and Poland, the seasonless silhouettes of Eorri are easy to wear, with an aim to provide the greatest comfort. Having personally experienced the quality of this Eorri collection, which includes slim fit t-shirts made with soft and thin cotton, elastic waistband pants and shorts, Enfin Levé have successfully produced relaxed, minimalist design with an intriguing style, establishing their identity in the men’s market. Available in various menswear stores in Japan and United States, Enfin Levé also ship internationally. Photography by Mateusz Bral / Model: Olaf Piwowa


Early last year, we introduced you to French audio accessories brand Aëdle and their superbly designed VK-1 headphones. Well, today we are excited to share with you the brand’s latest limited edition product in the form of the VK-1 Legacy headphones — an updated design of the VK-1 Classic edition. Although the design is not hugely different to its predecessor, the VK-1 Legacy features hand-sewn genuine lambskin leather in a black finish as well as a new cable with inline remote control and microphone, which enables the user with volume control, track selection, and play/pause functions. Aëdle explains: We worked closely with craftsmen to deliver an unprecedented level of quality in the materials we have chosen without compromising along with our signature sound. Made from a solid piece of aluminium machined on a 5-axis CNC, the acoustic chambers combine state-of-the-art manufacturing process to deliver this stunning shiny aspect. This machining combined with anodisation enables us to offer degree of finish never achieved before. Beautiful design. Beautiful minimalism.


Los Angeles based photographer Nicholas Alan Cope, whose superb book, Whitewash, we featured last year, has again grabbed our attention with another superb photographic series, Vedas. A collaborative project with fellow photographer and designer Dustin Edward Arnold, Vedas — meaning knowledge in Sanskrit — marked their move into fashion imagery through photographing sculptural garments of their own design, and to challenge ideas of what is acceptable against what is possible. In a recent interview with Dezeen, Arnold explains: It was the idea that knowledge is at once both expansive and contractive. For some it shakes foundations, de-stabilises values and opens up the sheer terror of possibility. For others it signifies hope, advancement and discovery. The materials used for this project are flexible, yet manage to hold shape to achieve interesting structures with often blurred, ghostly silhouettes. I like this. We wanted to restrain the palette by focusing entirely on form rather than colour. I will certainly be keeping a watchful eye on this duo’s future collaborations. Fascinating.


Hampus Hoh — @hampushoh — is a Swedish student and blogger at online magazine, Radar. Besides studying, Hampus works at a clothing store in his home town. He is also very passionate about arts and photography. And it is Hampus’s photography that we are excited to introduce to you today, gaining an interesting insight into how his stylish collection materialised. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? Minimalism is not only about what is essential, it is also about what is natural and untouched. I’m drawn to things that are raw and unedited by humans. This might not always seem the most minimal, but it is a significant part of my photography. I believe the common definition in most of my photos would be effortless and slightly off. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? Having lived in Scandinavia my whole life, I am by nature drawn to tranquil surroundings. A clear space often equals a clear mind to me, which is what I want when I really need focus. On the other hand, people, movement and noise can be very inspirational. When and how do you decide to take a photo? Whenever I see something that I...


Bottle Watch is a wonderfully minimalist, analogue wristwatch with raised nodules around its glass perimeter, similar to those found on the bottom of a glass beverage bottle. The watch was designed by London based studio Industrial Facility for Italian accessories company, Nava. The designers explain: We noticed that there are often exactly sixty of these nodules found on a typical beer bottle where the function is to avoid suction between the bottle and a table surface. This observation makes a useful correlation to the units of timekeeping and replicating these nodules creates a strikingly iridescent appearance when light hits its face at different angles. Bottle Watch is available in brown ale, green wine, clear spirit and blue water — colours that follow typical glass bottles. Although these colours don’t overly appeal to me, I do think this is a super concept.


I was recently introduced to the New Zealand fashion brand, I Love Ugly — specifically their simple, stylish and sublime Samuel Watches Series. The Samuel Watch Series features a simplified design for a timeless touch. The minimal design provides an everyday wear and features a silicon strap for something different, laser engraved logo, hardened glass face and a quality finish. Available in black, grey and mint colours, this affordable series brilliantly captures the essence of a wrist watch with its clean, readable dial, thin time indicators and simplified brand mark. The minimalistic packaging must also be recognised as an example of beautiful design in itself.


Restored is an Amsterdam based store that collects and sells unique products from talented designers and small labels, offering them a platform to share their products and visions with a wider public. An ode to beauty, balance and originality, Restored features a concise collection of simple, minimalist designs ranging from exquisite garments and accessories to wonderfully handcrafted household items — some of which you may already be familiar with, having previously been featured here on Minimalissimo. And today, we’re excited to share a few more with you. A store I would love to drop in on the next time I’m exploring the streets of Amsterdam, but for the time being, it’s a pleasure getting lost browsing their online shop. Restored are also kindly offering a 15% discount on all products until 30 June, using the code: ENJOYJUNE


Pablo Alzaga — @pabloalzaga — originally from San Sebastian, but currently based in Madrid studying Telecommunication Engineering, is also an incredibly talented freelance photographer. It is Pablo’s striking, minimalist work in photography, featured on Instagram, that we are delighted to share with you, along with an exclusive insight into the man behind the lens. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I feel inspired by simplicity and straight lines in architecture and wide open spaces. Skateboarding and streetwear fashion are also an important part of my work, always through a refined point of view. And I have a little obsession: I’m fascinated by faraway people. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? As an engineer, it’s all about the connection between maths and visual arts, always looking for symmetry, proportions and new perspectives around me. White buildings, neat rooftops or lonely landscapes help spark my creativity. When and how do you decide to take a photo? I always try to make photos in high key conditions. Light is so important! Cloudy, grey days reveals the best spots of the city, so if the situation has little information for my eye, I shoot. What is your favourite quote on...


Romanian studio Clean Everything recently produced their latest collection of simple, elegant, vegetable tanned leather goods titled, Trilogy. Sharp edges and sleek touches are the key inspiration and theme of this collection, which, as its title suggests, includes three pieces. The Triangle Folded Clutch is a simple and elegant clutch featuring a sleek folded design involving one piece of leather and one polished metal stud. Based on the classic Italian coin purses the triangle has been enlarged and cleaned up, transforming it into an entirely different and contemporary piece. The Triangle Folded Backpack is a stylish and innovative triangle shaped leather backpack with adjustable shoulder straps. Its uniqueness originates from the folding design using one piece of leather, manipulated into shape, and riveted together with two metal studs. The Stitchless Bag, crafted from two pieces of vegetable tanned leather with no stitches, is a minimalist shoulder bag that allows you to effortlessly carry your daily essentials with style. Each design is available in three colour variations — red, white and green. Photography by Robert Petreanu


Photographer and science journalist Jean de Pomereu, fascinated by Antarctica’s enormous icebergs, has produced a beautifully bleak series of the icy continent titled, Sans Nom. The series, captured in 2008 at the fourth International Polar Year, is deliberately absent of anything that could give scale to the nameless ice structures. Nameless because unlike mountains, for example, which are around for a long period of time, these icebergs are only present for one season and then they get released — they just disappear. De Pomereu writes: Icebergs without names. Totems of the underworld transiting at the frozen interface of water and atmosphere; born of the perpetual transformation of the physical realm. At a time when the vulnerability of the chryosphere is made increasingly apparent by the work of scientists, this series of photographs, Sans Nom, seek to evoke the fragility, as well as the generative power of ice. The shot with a broad crack splitting the ice plains, is a particular favourite of mine. Demonstrating the fragility of the ice, the beginning of a break up process, the coming of summer. Photography courtesy of Jean de Pomereu


Noisli — a project by Italian multidisciplinary designer Stefano Merlo — is an ambient high-quality sound and colour generator for working and relaxing. The sounds are designed to help you focus while working, relieve anxiety or just to relax. You may already be familiar with the web version, but today Noisli release their beautiful new iOS app for both iPad and iPhone. The app features various sounds including, rain, thunderstorm, bonfire, forest, train and seaside — all of which can be toggled and layered with varying emphasis, to produce your ideal sound combination. The app also features a built-in timer function, which can be used during work, creativity sessions or to simply fall asleep. The Noisli app lets you play all of the sounds offline and therefore you can enjoy its features and benefits while travelling, commuting or any other activity with no need for an internet connection. Since downloading the iPhone app, I have found the rain and thunderstorm combination a particular favourite when I require focus. An everyday app with a beautiful and minimalist user-interface. Available for download on iTunes →