Minimalissimo


Categorized “Furniture design”

The 7 Möbelstücke collection is an inspiring collaboration between a designer, Herbert Schultes, and a craftsman, Friedrich Reich. Both men had the intent to explore new ways to produce wooden objects, furniture pieces, using modern production methods, but taking mass production out of the equation. In their quest they focused on what was essential to the sitting experience of a chair and stripped back the other elements. The result is a minimalist, pretty basic, collection that consists of a chair, two stools, two tables a desk and a bread case made of European maple, American maple and oak. Frank furniture pieces made with attention for detail. Have a look at how the wood pieces run into each other, the bevel joints, etc. All furniture pieces are produced on request and can be purchased directly through Herbert Schultes Design.


The Wire Side Table by Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister, heavily relies on geometry and it is the play of lines that I particularly like. The side table is made out of powder coated, stainless steel and is actually more decorative than practical I imagine. This minimalist furniture piece is available in various colours including pink, tomato, hammerwhite, black, mint, aqua as well as different metals like brass and copper. During this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York the Wire Side Table was very well received.


The Small b bookshelf has been created by Hamburg based design studio Holon ID. The idea of this piece is beautiful in its simplicity: thin metal brackets, mounted to the wall, support a solid wooden frame. Once the shelf is filled with books, the brackets become invisible, creating an illusion of books floating in the air. The piece comes in twelve different sizes that accommodate most book types. There is even a corner unit, which allows you to take advantage of all the underused nooks in your home. The Small b shelf is made from solid oak and stainless steel.


Milan-based architect Victor Vasilev produced the Kub basin in 2010. Its styling, lines and considered designed elements stand classic three years on. Made from carrara marble and glass, this piece challenges the traditional solid styling of bathroom vanity systems. I like this. Born in Bulgaria, Vasilev moved to Israel and later to Milan where he studied. Years later, he still hasn’t left the city. He is an architect who established his own firm taking commissions in architecture, interior and industrial design. He has produced collaborations with the like of Boffi and is clearly dedicated to his craft and the discipline of minimalism. His studies in Scandinavia have also added to an extension of this dedication. The Kub system is one that challenges convention and is incredibly beautiful.


Minimalist Japanese design has been celebrated on a number of occasions on Minimalissimo, and today I am delighted to share with you product designer Kana Nakanishi‘s wonderful W1200xD380xH480 Finnish birch wood bench. Named simply after its dimensions, the seat’s U-shaped back rest doubles as its legs, sitting diagonally through the base. The design is minimal, but the strong contrast of the structure also gives the impression of a sculpture. It can also function as a small partition in a room and public space because of the large backboard. Without compromising the basic functionality of a bench, Nakanishi has produced a beautifully simple piece of furniture. Although the name may not be particularly catchy, I love this design.


Sara Mellone is an Art and Design graduate at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Her graduation project, presented in February 2013, is an award winning furniture series called The Simple Things. The project comprises pieces of furniture, including a strong, but lightweight bench and two stools made from 2.5 mm sheets of aluminium that have each been folded four times. The simple shape of the double fold creates enough strength to build a bench that is three times longer then the stool. The white powder-coated version of the folded stool is very durable, therefore it is well protected from fingerprints and scratches. It is reminiscent of simple folded paper and this demonstrates where the inspiration came from. The pieces do not require any assembly and there are no off-cuts. Sara’s approach to design focuses on the simplicity and longevity of the product, by using materials that work in harmony with the design. Though all her products are minimalistic, she always keeps the poetic character of a piece, maintaining the sense of narrative and expression. This is a very impressive graduation project and I really enjoy the powder-coated stool, particularly. I will certainly be keeping an eye on Sara Mellone’s...


The WR.02 is a minimalist chair with a fun twist I recently discovered in Lisbon. The chair is created by the Portuguese industrial designer and art director, Marco Sousa Santos. What appeals to me are the fresh lines and the interesting combination of materials, beech wood and rubber, the WR.02 is made up of. The backseat, one piece with the rear legs composing a strong structure, is coated with Rubber Skin creating the illusion of a hard back, yet surprisingly soft and comfortable. I really like how Sousa Santos plays with this illusion. The chair, available in various colours, is part of the new collection of Branca, a new furniture label founded by Sousa Santos.


I would like to share the MVS Chaise  Maarten van Severen created in cooperation with Vitra with you. At first glance the MVS Chaise looks more like a sculptural object than a comfortable chair but upon use you immediately notice how the resilient material conforms the body. The backrest and footrest are made of a polyurethane integral foam shell with upholstered effect.The headrest is available in leather or polyurethane foam, matching the shell’s colour. The stainless steel base gives a nice contrast with the soft and elastic rest and completes the whole. A timeless furniture piece suited for indoor and outdoor use.


Naoto Fukasawa has recently completed this inspiring design for the Spanish furniture brand Viccarbe. A modular seating system, called Common, is comprised of eight cushioned forms, varying in size and height. Each piece is supported by the natural oak hardwood feet. The collection is accompanied by two auxiliary tables, also made of solid oak. I love how the pieces correspond to each other, creating harmonious seating landscapes. The manufacturer claims that high-density foam, used in creating these pieces, retains purity of the lines, even after intense wear.


Polish product designer Jan Kochański, based in Warsaw, has created this beautiful, minimalist and chic collection of outdoor rocking benches called Swing, each piece comprising bent steel and metal sheets. Designed for the Polish furniture brand, Delivié, the Swing collection’s inspiration derives from childhood activities. There is something special in rocking and swinging that gives us the feeling of calmness and joy. A rocking bench allows you to recall that feeling and simply enjoy the time, whether that be alone or as a couple. Aside from this, these benches are incredibly attractive. The slim curved frames and smooth glossy seats are likely to provide an elegance to your outdoor space. And as far as a benches go, they appear quite comfortable too.


The floating geometric frames of Les Ailes Noires by Tongtong are an exquisite play on form, shadow and line. The lines that compose these frames are based on a concept of fluid dynamism, whereby the expected form of framework is being challenged. Each piece is designed to be installed void of any need for screws or hardware, allowing for re-integration and re-use in each installation scenario. The series of industrial objects have been designed specifically for commercial retail, residential and special event environments. Manufactured in steel, these frames are available in a variety of finishes (flat black, white powder coating or polished chrome). These objects are part of a series of eleven pieces, including a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding racks. Canadian firm Tongtong say their work is inspired by movement and driven by diversity. This philosophy is clearly evident in Les Ailes Noires, where the lines cast shadows through the moving affects of the sun, clothing and artificial light. The firm’s philosophy of engaging in work that brings a richness of thought, vision and humanity, is clearly embodied in these pieces. I find the framework, the interaction of the lines...


Low Table is a series of solid wood low tables, created by the Belgian designer Marina Bautier for her own furniture and products brand, MA. After ten years of working in the furniture industry, it felt like the right time for the launch of my own label along with its own retail space. MA is short for ‘Marina’, it coincidentally means ‘the space in between’ in Japanese, a translation fitting well with the brand’s ethos. MA was launched recently, with all product manufacturing taking place in Belgium. What is clear to me from these table designs is the incredible quality and care taken, producing a quite beautiful finish to each piece. I am certainly excited to see how this brand develops.