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Nhat Vo

Minimalism isn't sterility.
  • Atelier Peter Fong
    More often than not, existing constraints are what make designs unique. However, when restrictions are greatly overwhelming, simplification is the counteractive method. Using the unchangeable structures of an old residential complex in Guangzhou, China, LUKSTUDIO of Shanghai gave life to a vacant storefront in the name of Atelier Peter Fong. This minimal mixed-use space — a […]
    2017.01.14Nhat Vo
  • Studiokyss
    The value of contemporary, namely minimal, objects is almost equivalent to that of artefacts. It is not measured monetarily; the value lies in affectional and treasuring attachments that we give to these objects. Much like the attention that Kenny (Yong-Soo) Son has given to his designs, the work of Studiokyss holds a power of formal […]
    2016.12.17Nhat Vo
  • Wireless TMA-2 Headphones
    The desire for customisation grows as time passes; today, it can be seen as a contributor to particular individualities. This notion grants not only unique identities, but also efficient functionalities. Often, customisation means modularity when it comes to design. Using this duality, Copenhagen-based audio company AIAIAI envisioned their TMA-2 Headphone System, which relies on individual […]
    2016.12.03Nhat Vo
  • less
    Less here is not an adjective, but a brand’s name that delivers organic products for hair and skin. Based in Germany, less® aims to eliminate extraneous elements that go in daily care products in order to produce only the bare necessities for regular routines. We can then clearly see why they are able to confidently […]
    2016.11.19Nhat Vo
  • MYKU
    In design, we have seen a merit of natural elements and the human touch. Often, the fusion comes in a larger scale, yet smaller products have made a notable presence in the industry, especially industrial design. MYKU watch brand, with a commitment to create intrinsic and timeless designs, uses stone and its natural characteristics to express the […]
    2016.11.05Nhat Vo
  • Simpl Watch
    Minimalism is mostly associated with European, Scandinavian, and Japanese designers. However, many rising brands in other parts of the world are proving to be major stakeholders in evolving and diversifying the field. Southeast Asian countries — notably Singapore and Thailand — have delivered some of the more refined minimal products that are affordable in recent […]
    2016.10.08Nhat Vo
  • #12 Clock
    Three degrees of transparency: black, white, and transparent. One simple and familiar telling: time. Say hello to the minimal #12 Clock by Simone Cappellanti. Based in Rome, Italy, Simone Cappellanti is a multidisciplinary designer that has a focus on interior spatial design and its components. His recent portfolio addition — #12 Clock — is a luxurious and […]
    2016.09.24Nhat Vo
  • Plume WiFi
    After the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 7, we can clearly see a pattern in the field of industrial design: innovative designs are giving way to reiterated ones that enhance and improve a user’s experience. Many may see this as a decline in creativity, but I will argue otherwise. Plume, a new Adaptive WiFi system, sets […]
    2016.09.10Nhat Vo
  • ETQ FW16
    While big names in the sneaker industry are pushing designs that signify their respective brands, either by using a well known logo mark, reinterpreting a previous design, or even complicating the shoe’s outlook, Amsterdam-based sneaker brand ETQ keeps it simple; and it’s effective. Nowadays in the age of easily accessible fashion, it’s difficult for lesser-known […]
    2016.08.27Nhat Vo
  • Tsumiki
    Kengo Kuma, the renowned architect known for his meticulous work with wooden structures, has utilised his knowledge in analogical joints to create a Japanese counterpart to Lego, named Tsumiki. Meaning wooden blocks, this creative toy is only composed of minimal triangular cedar wedges — the prime geometry that’s most structurally stable. The wedge, however, trades […]
    2016.08.13Nhat Vo
  • The Void
    The Void is surely a strange choice of name for this community centre in Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Designed by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, this is their first project built on an island, where majority of the population is elderly. The Void consists of a restaurant and a public bathhouse, due to rising demand of proper […]
    2016.08.06Nhat Vo
  • St. Elie Church
    Situated against the rocky hill of Mt. Lebanon in Chouf District is St. Elie Church, designed by Maroun Lahoud. The Paris-based architect was commissioned to design the project, which acts as a reconciliation between Christian and Druze groups following the civil war within the region. St. Elie Church is constructed with different volumes of polished stones, which […]
    2016.07.16Nhat Vo
  • Aesop Grabenstraße
    Aesop was founded in Melbourne, Australia back in 1987. With a focus on the diversity of human complexions, the brand has produced over 80 hair, skin and body care formulations. To celebrate the refined products that it has produced, Aesop unveiled a new store in Düsseldorf, Germany, designed by renowned architecture firm Snøhetta. With the […]
    2016.07.02Nhat Vo
  • 3+2 Social Housing
    3 + 2 = 5. That’s the total units in this social housing project by Antonio Holgado Gómez in Badajoz, Spain. Due to the topological difference up to four metres, the units were divided into two sections — one composed of three units and the other two, connected by a courtyard that acts as a […]
    2016.06.18Nhat Vo
  • SLAVA Varsovia
    Fashion has become more accessible nowadays. The same thing can be said for fashion accessories, if not more so. Therefore, the important question for upcoming brands who specialise in these products is: How to become distinguishable? Let us look at Poland-based SLAVA Varsovia as a case study. The brand aims to channel Slavic culture through its products […]
    2016.06.04Nhat Vo
  • 3tubes
    Charles Kalpakian is a Lebanese product designer who draws his inspiration from the ornamentation of his home country and the streets of France to produce a hybrid of cultures, resulting in beautiful products that have drawn notable recognitions. Returning to Milan Design Week 2016 back in April, Kalpakian unveiled a suspended 3tubes light as a new […]
    2016.05.21Nhat Vo
  • Polar Lamp
    Based in Australia, Ross Gardam is a company that specialises in furniture and lighting. Known for blurring the boundaries between art and design, their latest minimal table light Polar Lamp is no different. The design is quite unique. With its directing and shading light device, the lamp’s centre piece seems as if it’s floating on […]
    2016.05.07Nhat Vo
  • Nod Light
    Nod Light is the newest table lamp by German product designer Simon Frambach. The name is derived from Frambach’s clever decision of combining function and aesthetic into one minimal movement that makes the lamp lift its shade up and down, mimicking the act of nodding. The design is void of any functional accessories such as […]
    2016.04.23Nhat Vo
  • Casa MK
    Roof Arquitectos is a design studio founded by architects Rogelio Vallejo Bores and Francisco Noriega Ayala in 2008. With their two recent residential projects, the firm has been getting recognition around the architecture world; one of them being Casa MK in Morelia, Mexico. Residing on a hilly topology, Casa MK embraces the elevational differences to […]
    2016.04.09Nhat Vo
  • Melitta Baumeister FW16
    Fall comes to Melitta Baumeister in shapes and abnormality. Her seasonal lookbook includes an image of geometrical lines with neon liquid coming out of a ventilator. And that is her statement — somewhere in the perfection of minimalism lies an imperfection or even a morbid backstory. That twist is the thing that makes designs exciting. Baumeister […]
    2016.03.26Nhat Vo
  • Bulthaup Cooking Table
    When we think of minimalism, we tend to think of it as the outcome of economic reasons; aestheticism can be traded for functionalism. However, when these two opposite polars collide through a creative process, the result is extraordinary. One of such phenomenal products is the Bulthaup Cooking Table by Munich-based design firm Relvãokellermann, in cooperation with […]
    2016.03.12Nhat Vo
  • Casa das Preguiçosas
    The colour white is no longer a strange face in architectural projects that are labeled with the quality minimal. To encounter a white residential project is even more familiar now than before. The question is: how does a designer differentiate his or her white housing project from the rest? In my opinion, such standout projects […]
    2016.02.27Nhat Vo
  • Signature Kitchen
    One of the most difficult things in design is to reinvent — to deconstruct something that is functionally familiar and giving it a facelift with a more innovative appearance. Modern kitchens nowadays are superimposed with a horizontal image. However, for Belgian architect Glenn Sestig, the new kitchen design for interiors brand Obumex does not have to conform […]
    2016.02.13Nhat Vo
  • N House
    Although having the same name as Sou Fujimoto’s famous N House, the one designed by Aoki Jun is an interior spectacle that is enclosed within a normative exterior. Based in Tokyo, architect Aoki Jun is used to radical architecture that is sprouting across the city. Wanting to completely go against that notion, he mended his […]
    2016.01.30Nhat Vo