Maarten P. Kappert

Amor vacui.
  • Naked Shapes
    Naked Shapes is an exhibition of aluminum Japanese household objects from the first half of the 20th century, cleaned of dirt and any sort of make-up such as paint, labels or other excess decoration. The objects were collected over the years by industrial designer Seiji Onishi, gallerist Keiichi Sumi and graphic designer Nobuhiro Yamaguchi. A […]
  • Curt
    A beautiful minimalist thought: to use qualities of the environment as part of your design, so you can leave out parts that you would otherwise consider fundamental. In this case, the Curt deck chair by Swiss design studio BERNHARD | BURKARD, uses leaning to do away with the minimum requirement of a third leg on […]
  • Sacos de papel
    Annett Bourquin and Kerstin Greve are designers from Lisbon, Portugal. Under the label of ANVE, they create objects that take their time, and become more beautiful with life. Their Sacos de papel bags are particularly interesting. Although the association with an ordinary brown paper bag is easily made (Sacos de papel even means paper bags), […]
  • Oak
    This is Oak, the result of an extracurricular, collaborative student workshop at Lund University School of Industrial Design, Sweden. The goal: to explore archetypes and stereotypes in the world of furniture. The group developed a range of independent pieces, but which are actually impressively coherent. Of course it helps that they’re all made from the […]
  • Rocker
    This is Rocker, a super stylish minimalist rocking horse created by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of London based Doshi Levien design office, for German furniture manufacturer Richard Lampert. The designers intentionally shied away from a figurative form in order to spark the imagination of children. An interesting effect of minimalist design: by leaving out […]
  • Datamatics
    Ryoji Ikeda is one of the most innovative electronic musicians who has a worldwide impact on electronic music development. The Paris based Japanese artist is one of the earliest to reduce electronic music to sheer ultrasonics, frequencies and tonal variations. His work has been internationally exhibited, toured and released. Datamatics is a series of work […]
  • Guerrero House
    This is one gorgeous house. Guerrero House, located at Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain, was designed by the famous Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. The play on light, space and proportion is extraordinary. A small opening in an 8 meter high square wall is the only entrance. Center of the house is the 9 […]
  • Marilyn
    With spring on its way here in Amsterdam, we open the doors to our gardens again, eager to sit outside in the sun. What better way to do just that than in a chaise longue? This lounge bed, Marilyn, was designed by Spanish architect Borja Abellán and designer Nacho Soler for a furniture contest. Abellán, […]
  • Mental Disorder posters
    One of our readers just sent this in: British designer Patrick Smith (a.k.a. Graphic Patrick) made some pretty nice minimalist posters about mental disorders. Apparently, Smith was doing some research about mental health when he came across a list of mental disorders and got inspired. My personal pref goes out to Agoraphobia. Yours? (Thx, Stefano!)
  • Tea Trolley 901
    This birch wood tea trolley was designed by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto all the way back in 1936. It debuted at the at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. Aalto designed this cart for residential use. He placed it in the living room of the Villa Mairea (1937-1939). It is based on an earlier serving […]
  • Stop The Water While Using Me!
    I love the two-tone, type-only design of the Stop The Water While Using Me! packaging almost as much as I love the concept. The designers, German agency KOREFE (Kolle Rebbe Form und Entwicklung), were given one dream of an assignment: Develop a brand for a high-quality range of cosmetics that meet the increasing requirements of […]
  • Monsieur
    A proper reading lamp is essential when you want to read a book. Designers Tom Allen, Christian Vivanco and Yago Rodriguez form Barcelona’s The Emotion Lab. They developed Monsieur, a reading lamp designed to creating an intimate and personal atmosphere around your reading chair. With a single arm movement you can adjust its position, so […]
  • Hoerboard Scomber Mix
    Having turntables in your room never seizes to be cool. And what better way to have them than in this stylish Hoerboard Scomber Mix DJ stand? Hoerboard is the brainchild of German designer David Kornmann. His intense search for simplicity and the removal of everything unessential has resulted in the creation of functional and visually […]
  • Kwartet
    Kwartet is a modified version of the age-old Dutch card game Kwartet (which is not unlike the game Go Fish), in which the objective is to collect a complete set of four cards per given category. This version, which uses contemporary artworks grouped by theme, was conceived by Dutch artists Marijke Appelman and Koen Taselaar. […]
  • Virginia Woolf book covers
    Perhaps not the most minimalist book covers we’ve ever seen, but beautifully elegant nevertheless: this series of Virginia Woolf book covers by McKenna Kemp. The covers, a personal project of Kemp, are a simplification of the original handpainted Vanessa Bell covers. Oh, and the books are pretty good, too… ;-)
  • Geometries
    By no means does minimalist mean a fear of colour. Photographer Grant Hamilton (Iowa City, IA, USA) isn’t afraid of it either, judging by his polaroids. Colour just bursts out of his photos. This is especially true for his Geometries series, in which he zooms in on some very mundane objects, finding beautifully geometric shapes. […]
  • Quadra Gallery Posters
    Donna Wearmouth, a graphic designer and gruaduate from Northumbria University, designed these monochrome posters as part of her degree. For a fictional architect’s gallery, which she dubbed the Quadra Gallery, Wearmouth created the identity, stationary, exhibition guides, and these posters. I could really see this work, couldn’t you?
  • Platta
    The idea behind the three-legged Platta side tables was to make a table with as little material as possible, and use that to its advance in terms of aesthetics. That’s what Antti Pulli says, who designed Platta. Pulli is a Finnish industrial design student at Helsinki’s Aalto University. He adds: I wanted to leave it simple and […]
  • Wing
    Three blades is two too many, is what designer Mark Gajewski from California, USA must have thought. Gajewski designed Wing in an attempt the reduce the ceiling fan to its very essence. He ended up with a single wing, while still keeping the air-moving performance up to par. It will be available in the summer […]
  • Obligatory Designer Clock
    India-born designer Saikat Biswas really flexed his design muscle to create the Obligatory Designer Clock. It doesn’t have any hour and minute hands; instead, the hour markings dynamically change to show the time. From 03:00 – 03:59, the 3rd marking slowly fills up by the minute. At 04:00, the 4th marking appears and fills up. […]
  • Monochrome 2011 Calendar Series
    Cody Tumblin, a design student from Chicago, Illinois, USA, made a series of monochrome calendars. The calendars come in three different colors: red(s), blue(s), and black(s). Each color-way has a delicate shift between the values of each color so that the calendar slightly vibrates visually. Tumblin describes them as: An exploration of subtle monochromatic palettes that […]
  • Chairs by ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu
    This series of plywood chairs are created by design and art studio ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu (how maximalist is that name?! ;-) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. These chairs must be amongst the most minimalist chairs I’ve ever seen. Obviously the designers have successfully limited themselves to the use of geometric, basic shapes, but what’s most interesting […]
  • Why?
    Why? is a book series edited by Simon Van Booy. He shares insights of Shakespeare, Blake, Sartre, and other luminaries on three perennial questions: Why We Need Love, Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter and Why We Fight. Each book has a cover design created around a question mark, symbolic for philosophy, combined with a visualisation of the […]
  • Edits by Edit
    It has taken him a year of his life, but his Edits by Edit project is finally complete. NYC-based creative technologist, designer and art director Nitzan asked 12 designers from around the world to represent a musical genre using just one shape and one type. This resulted in an eclectic A1 poster series full of […]