Seika Lee‘s new collection, Tied Up, is out, and we have received some leaked campaign images. The form tells the story of not just the female body, but of the woman herself. The structured garments are held beautifully together with wool and tweed, combined with cotton popeline for shirts, combined with wool jerseys. Palettes with concrete grey, grainy and chocolate brown, midnight blue and velvet black, all in pure and minimalistic. I absolutely love the subtle cuts, and the styling for the campaign is really superb.
Paul PJ Cheng
On a quest for less.
Last year my friend went to see the premiere of Sutra, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at Sadlers Wells in London. The collaboration with Shaolin monks from China, Polish composer Szymon Brzóska and Anthony Gormley turned out to be an intense performance. The stage uses just large wooden boxes and shaolin monks, to tell ellaborate stories symbolizing roads, walls, boats, cities and temples from these minimal elements. I hope they will do more performances in the future. See the video on YouTube.
Even the invitation from Dior Homme‘s Summer 2011 collection smells of minimalism with the ‘lessness’ discreetly printed on a white cloth. Kris Van Assche has put together a beautiful collection inspired by silhouettes of North Africa to urban Europe. Take a look at the actual show, which was just minimalistically superb.
Having just moved to Beijing last year, this really explains much of my experiences here with a minimalist approach. Yang Liu was born in China, studied in Germany. With this duality of traditions, Liu portrays the hilarious stereotypes, which I’m sure many of us can relate to. No prizes for guessing which is Germany and which is China.
Something for the boys, Pure Black kitchen knife series produced by Stelton, designed by Holmbäck Nordentoft. The single piece of stainless, matte black steel will make anyone look like a master chef. This is going into my new kitchen, with Pure White knife magnet.
Raf Simon’s Fall collection for Jil Sander is all about reduction, without fear of colours. The pureness and vibrancy are all very brave and stunning. The collection features takes its inspiration from the Amish handcraft tradition, mixed with beautiful fabrics. Love the end result, pure, Jil and Raf, at their best.
Having given up smoking for 3 years, this doesn’t seem to have the appeal as it would have then. Still though, I love the way ASYL has designed this retro-futuristic packaging for JT Tobacco. The alternative packaging is refreshing with the side slide box. I hope they won’t be forced to put on the anti-cancer images just for the minimalist’s sake! The Zippo collection just tops it off for me too.
This series of portraits, started in early 2008 was an instant success. Sharon Montrose is a photographer with a passion for animals. The portraits features the animals on an empty slate, which brings out something that we don’t normally see in these beautiful creatures. These photos really brings warmth to my heart. They are now also available for purchase!
Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa with collaborating artist, Rei Naito, is a beautiful space in Japan. As described by Domus, The Teshima Art Museum is almost completely empty, devoid of contents. Its interior is fluid, a concrete membrane carpeting the ground and wrapping up from shadowy edges to span as a low unobstructed dome overhead. Neither columns nor beams interrupt the organic singularity of the total volume. Similarly there is none of the clutter normally associated with museums. There is something undoubtedly zen about the space, with nothing but focus on the moving breeze through the oculus on the roof, the disk sky in shades of blue and white, and the collecting of raindrops. These are the interests of the artist Naito, the natural phenomena of water, light and air. I can feel my senses heightened just by imagining the ‘emptiness’ of the space. Photography by Iwan Baan.
Though not the most minimalist posters out there, the reduction of the two cities into one poster series, Paris versus New York, by Vahram Muratyan, cofounder of ViiiZ, really hits the spot. Muratyan puts it most elegantly: A visual but friendly match between those two cities seen by a lover of Paris wandering through New York’s infinite details, clichés and contradictions : this way, please. Something that I know I’d love to receive for a Christmas gift this year!
Naoto Fukasawa, naturally a well known name here at Minimalissimo, collaborates with ONAO, a Japanese paper company, creating a new line of products called siwa・紙和. The bags are composed of wood pulp and polyolefin using washi-suki paper, a method developed by ONAO, which is extremely strong and resistant to water, despite its paper appearance. This is why I’m in love for Japanese designs, it’s the way they can take the traditional, and use it in such a contemporary way and of course being functional at the same time. (Thx, Mikaela!)
Ion Ander Beloki‘s studio reminds me of these pencil cases I had as a child. The kind where it looks just like a regular rectangular brick case, but inside, had many different compartments, side openings, secret panels, and missiles of course. Well, the Spanish window designer, the brainchild behind ja! studio, designed this amazingly modular studio space, named Caja (box in Spanish), is in the heart of Basque Country. There’s hiding closets of libraries, extendible carts holding couches and work desks, hiding toilets and office space, and all still very functional it seems. Ion Ander comments, It is a work area that can be adapted to the different requirements of the project. Its distribution embodies the suggested program: a convertible and unexpected space created with three materials: American oak wood, black MDF and white MDF, leaving the panel’s edges free of any finishing or application details. Now I’d love to find something like this for my living and bedroom space. Photography by Antonio Macarro.