Minimalissimo


Nestled in a suburban neighborhood in Toronto, Canada is the delightfully modern Blantyre House. Completed in 2011 by Williamson Chong Architects, this house was designed with a focus on incorporating light into long and narrow spaces. Tall windows cover both ends of the thin house. Using windows of this height brings light deeper into the dwelling. The interior features a great room with an impressive kitchen unit. Floor to ceiling cabinetry provides storage and a clean, bright aesthetic. The dining table is incorporated with the kitchen island to save space in the shallow room. The second floor also features large windows which illuminate a small living area. The uppermost level of the home holds the master bedroom. Smaller windows and white walls provide a quiet sanctuary for sleeping. My favorite feature of Blantyre House are the windows. I love how every window is unique to the wall and room it hangs. The windows provide the home with a plethora of natural light and are also angled so as to provide the best views of the trees and sky. Photography by Bob Gundu.


Mamba, by Bulgarian designer Victor Vasilev for MDF Italia is more than a shelf. It’s a perfect combination of shape, function and material, a unique mix of a shelf, a console and a desk with a LED light source which creates a new kind of furnishing. Mamba is a new concept of furniture comprised of Cristaplant, that fits into a modern domestic space with a unique image, sensual to the eye and to the touch that seems to materialize from the wall and then vanishes. In 2013, two years after the launch of Mamba, Mamba Light was created. A sober hanging desk or a decorative shelf that lends itself to different uses and home environments — from the living room to the studio. Mamba Light is a shelf-desk cabinet made of medium-density wood fiberboard, with variable thickness, curved mold, matt white, green, orange, blue, sand, ivory, yellow and gray coated finish. The basic shape gives the product a unique design and identity of a strong iconic character.


Bernaskoni’s Arc is a bold and beautiful statement in the Russian landscape. Completed in 2012 and standing at 72 sqm, it is built on the border between forest and field and is a hybrid that performs several functions. As is a traditional statement of entry, through the presence of an arch or gate, Arc stands as a somewhat nod to that nostalgia. Spatially, Arc is a spiral staircase that includes a portal, an observation deck, a bar and also a well within. Within the sculpture, there exists an artist’s room, that every year the room is transformed into an art installation. Bernaskoni’s intention, being contextually sensitive, was to minimize waste as key. Arc is therefore comprised of a series of six-meter length boards where all off-cuts have been reused on site as structural elements which is then painted black. This Russian beauty is a sensitive and considered addition to the portal transitioning the structured human-worked landscape into the wild, untamed one. Photography courtesy of Bernaskoni and Yuri Palmin.


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


Berlin based The Medley Institute’s Edition IX subtly plays with the transformation of typical male and female elements. Welcoming the trend towards gender pluralism — as opposed to a binary perception – the designer Jana Patz closely surveyed the influence of womenswear on mens clothing over the last few seasons. New styles evolved and by transferring those back into her line — which was originally womens’ jewelry only — she added a new and refined twist. Each piece of the collection should stand for itself. Being stripped of any decorative aspects, they are meant to convey a modern approach towards jewellery. This results in a clear and simultaneously brainy collection, even more minimalist than those before it. A square wire is the base for some of the more unisex open bracelets and rings. As The Medley Institute is always on the lookout for new ways to connect pieces to the body, pins have been added to this collection. They can be worn more like an accessory than as jewellery, providing an alluring contrast between the pieces themselves and the fabric they are worn with.


HANK is an extremely simple product with a very sophisticated concept. Designed and developed by Berlin-based llot llov, Hank is an adjustable harness that holds glass mirrors with a v-shaped rope and a single drill hole, helping abandoned mirrors regain their rightful place on the wall. The kit consists of a wooden knob, waxed cotton rope and small aluminium plates, and comes in two sizes that cover every size and shape of mirror — as clever as it is light, says llot lov. The studio develops furniture, products, light and interiors and organize manufacturing and dispatch of their own label. Their design is both functional and emotional. According to their philosophy, they are often playful, always visionary, and work conceptually to aesthetically improve our day-to-day world. Photography by Ender Suenni.


Paolo Ulian is an awarded Italian designer who has an artistry background. With a collaborated blood, he recently produced a series of seven items made of unwanted materials with Moreno Ratti. As a part of the Marble Weeks 2014, the two have created a collection of furniture and housing utilities with scrapped marble tiles. There is a toy-like factor to these designs since they are put together from individual pieces cut by water jet. By giving the materials slots and notches, there is an instant recognization of assembly without any confusion. According to the standardization of the cuts, the final forms hold a mix of modern and minimal aesthetics. The series contains a lamp called Ratti, a layered tool, a table named SfridO, the O-ring bowl, the +O- Lamp, the Piet fruit bowl, and the Gerla vase. For some of the items, the trick of stacking creates volumes to these initially flat marble panels. Perhaps I was always intrigued with the patterns of the marbles that I decided to write about this collection. But perhaps not only so. The sustainable decision of the two designers to give these discarded pieces a second life is somewhat heroic. With that thought, these...


This asymmetrical pen by London based studio Beyond Object, employs the intuitive desire of a human mind to align and organize things. The piece is composed of three sections. When not in use, the middle section is dislocated from the rest of the the body. To use it, twist this middle part until it aligns with the lower section. Designers explain: Simplicity, quality, function and innovation have been the central tenets during the design process throughout this project. The mechanism we designed for this pen is completely unique, yet intuitive and reliable. We wanted to transcend the classical twisting or clicking mechanisms by developing this precise and user friendly piece of engineering. The pen comes in two sizes and three finishes. Check out the video to see this design in action.


Cliff House is a simple yet stunning residence on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Scotland’s own Dualchas Architects designed the structure to maximize the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The home is a single story with two bedrooms, two baths, and a great room for the kitchen and living areas. Every room, even the bathrooms, feature floor to ceiling windows. The windows flood the home with natural light and gorgeous views. Cliff House’s facade is clad in a silvery-brown lumber and warm gray stone, both of which were sourced locally. The low-lying structure, as well as the use of natural materials, allows Cliff House to integrate seamlessly into its environment. I love the view of the home from afar, it almost looks like it grew from the earth itself! Photography by Andrew Lee and Alistair Nicholls.


Jil Sander’s 2015 Resort collection is one heavily influenced by themes of movement. The pieces themselves, the cuts and the execution seem to mirror the flurry of design movement of the label. Staying true to the minimalist principles of the label, the collection is a synergy of crisp shapes that appeared to have liquid coursing through them and know constructions that create volume in simple jackets. There is an overt influence of versatility. The label, once described as the queen of less, despite said movements, has maintained its clarity and modern classic appeal. Timeless in its approach, Jil Sander has continued to show a dedication to tailoring and focus in the Resort 2015 collection. There is an effortless to each piece, curating an assemblage of want. I for one, am wanting of that timeless want. Photography courtesy of Jil Sander.


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.


With the ever captivating World Cup in its final week, the Manchester based freelance designer Rick Hincks has developed this minimalist series of World Cup Posters, trying to collect great moments of the competition’s history. The work was based on these three simple rules: it must be a significant moment that happened during the run of play; the layouts are the same; and there are only two colours used — a colour of the club and white. I really like the nostalgic feeling of these posters and clearly remembering many of these moments, making you realise just how important your team’s performance was for you, even more intensely than watching the real images.