Experiments in Natural Philosophy is Australian artist Todd Robinson‘s latest exhibition, having just wrapped up at the Galerie Pompom in Sydney, where large balloon sculptures combine a form of proto-engineering with weird yet wonderful studies in comparative materiality. This new body of work draws on an ongoing series of balloon inspired sculptures featured in his previous exhibitions, which feature balloons that droop and slump as the force of gravity appears to bear down upon them, presenting Robinson’s inquiry into sculptural presence, materiality and conditions of audience reception. In conceiving this body of work, Robinson references the history of science and Natural Philosophy, a predecessor of modern science that had yet to dismiss the concept of nature, rendering imaginary forces visible of which we are unaware, yet appear natural to conventional observation.
Nendo has created a new minimalist stool, named Float, for Moroso with a stunning visual effect: the gentle curved seating appears to float in the air as two of the four legs have been cut off. A really nice twist for an otherwise simple stool stat consists of four steel, powder coated pipe legs and a rectangular plywood seating. That is what I really like about the designs by Nendo; they always try to give people a small “!” moment. Nendo’s aim was to create a varied, comfortable, seating experience. By utilising the structure of the cantilever, that only supports the back legs, a cushioned feel has been given, he explains. Float is available as a high stool or as a shorter foot stool. I imagine the high Float stool perfect for a kitchen bar. The shorter Float stool can be a handy side chair in your living room. Maybe you even transform this shorter stool into a side table when not in use as a stool. Photography by Akihiro Yoshida.
Janus is an extremely beautiful and smart family of candleholders developed by the multidisciplinary and award-winning designer Joe Doucet. Standard taper and tea light candle can be used interchangeably, just by rotating the holder. An elegant and simple solution thanks to its asymmetric shape. They are made from hand turned solid steel, the tallest one weighing nearly 10 lbs, to emphasise their durability and quality, designed to become a modern heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. The collection is available in solid steel plated and polished in copper, silver and black nickel, and measuring 2.5”ø x 5”, 2.5”ø x 3.5” and 2.5”ø x 2”.
Micro-Apartment Moabit is the result of a creative renovation by Berlin-based design studio spamroom. This tiny Berlin apartment was in need of a unique renovation not only because of its small size, but because of its early 1900’s construction. Like many buildings built at the turn of the century, this apartment featured several small and crowded rooms and was heavy with layers of renovations from previous owners. The design plan was to open up the space by removing all of the interior walls and rebuild an interior system that maximized the potential of every square meter. A central core was created to hold the kitchen and bathroom, and a mezzanine, accessed by a small white staircase, was added for the sleeping space. This simple design takes advantage of typically wasted space, such as tall ceilings and stair landings, to create a supremely functional living area. Many of the home’s original materials were salvaged during construction and incorporated in the renovated home. As a result, this light and airy design has a touch of Art Nouveau charm. This micro-apartment is just 21 square meters; not a space that most people would jump at living in. But with the right design team, even the tiniest of homes can be...
ystudio look to revive the love of writing through their new line of beautiful, durable and minimalist writing tools. Crafted and manufactured out of Taiwan, the studio’s stationery collection is constructed from pure copper and brass and consists of a rollerball pen, ballpoint pen, sketching pen and mechanical pencil. We believe that the value of simplicity in design is very important. We design products to let people use in their daily life and let people feel the beauty of objects. We hope to express the attitude of people in Taiwan by ystudio stationary. Admittedly, I rarely find myself using pens or pencils these days unless I need to sketch something, but having used a ystudio pen, not only do I admire its aesthetic, there is something about the weight and feel that makes it a pleasure to use. Furthermore, the ageing effects of the material will gradually change the look and feel of each piece.
Nowadays working with a site area as large as 1,000 sqm for residential projects is a luxury; Israel-based Pitsou Kedem Architects did not take this privilege for granted. Opting for a white canvas as basis for every ambient isn’t the only alluring feature of this project, but also the main room as an extravagant living area hosting all social activities; all the while effortlessly upholding a minimalist awareness and aesthetic for a 450 sqm home. Housing a living room, dining area, kitchen, library and a seamless entrance to a beautiful terrace with a pool is the tour-de-force the architects have to offer as the heart of the residence. The ample 6m high ceilings offers lightness and amplitude to counter balance what could have been a crowded room. Some design details manage to sneak in, adding great personality, such as the floating stairs, subdued but stylish white furniture, geometric and clean closets in all rooms and a blatant hanging light above the dinner table. Equilibrium is the key word for the Ramat Hasharon House, as it manages to balance a wide spectrum of functionalities with concise minimalist architecture immaculately. Photography by Amit Geron.
Tactile fabrics, minimalist pieces and exceptional silhouettes — this Autumn Winter 2015 collection has it all! The eponymous womenswear label of Girl a la Mode, Charlie May transforms minimalism into a very personal, very unique style: one whose pieces will easily outlast any season and any trend. In addition, Charlie May perfectly balances elegance and effortlessness with a styling which dips lightly into sportswear, while the silhouettes remain chic. Raw denim combined with fuzzy wool, draped pieces arranged with preppy shirts, Marlene pants with Converse shoes: By perfectly blending these contradictions Charlie May manages to emphasize the specific beauty of every single piece and every single stylistic movement she invokes, be it everyday street-style or an avant-garde oversized look.
Minimalism, one can argue, heightens one’s experience of the details and the surroundings. Not only that, it also creates the notion of multi-functionality of an object or a space. A perfect example is a minimal home in Montréal, Canada called In Suspension by Naturehumaine. The house, with a rather open floor plan, provides a double-height space in the social area for a physical exercise room with a few corresponding fixtures. That atrium then is utilized as a light bringer for its two sides, occupied with a kitchen and a study room that looks out to the main road. Up above on the second floor are two plywood-cladded boxes, each having a bedroom and a bathroom within. These boxes cantilevered over the social space below, being held up by a continuous black wall, which holds various programs on the inside. Calling the project In Suspension is similar to creating a minimal house, with the idea of having more than one use. Structurally, the private spaces are suspended above. Functionally, the social space has suspended furniture for gymnastic purposes. Together, the entirety merge together effortlessly to create a minimalism that is both exciting and undeniably beautiful.
Situated in Paço de Arcos, a seaside neighborhood of Lisbon, this beautiful and entirely white house, designed by Jorge Mealha architect, proposes an arrangement of several solids trying to attenuate the overall mass due to a huge functional program requested by the client. A very functionalist approach. The result is a dialogue between a range of different solids and voids, using light to draw or reflect on the surfaces, proposing a changeable reading of space and volumes during the day. The metal screening/shading devices create large smooth textured surfaces on the façade of the house, emphasizing forms and controlling the relationships between indoor and outdoor, or between external and internal spaces. The staircase and main corridor are finished in white painted metal, which are slightly detached from the walls, leaving opportunity for natural light to pass in between. Pure minimalism at its best. Photography by Jorge Mealha.
The subject of this compelling photo series is MBAM, or the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal in Canada. The photography is by Matthew Brooks with assistance from Nathalie Quagliotto. MBAM is documented in a unique manner: rather than focusing on the function of the space, the attention is placed on the details of the architecture. The building is shown from an abstract perspective to spotlight the structural form. Several of the photographs feature a distortion of scale, which reveals the more sculptural qualities of the museum’s construction. In the images, glass and plaster collide in transcendent formations, stairs fall to the edges of the frame like waterfalls, and steel beams appear as delicate as spider webs. These photographs unmask the intricate details of the structure. Museums are used for exhibiting artwork, but, refreshingly, Brooks’ photography puts the museum itself on display.
Yiannis Ghikas’ Game of Trust Hanger is designed based on three interlocking, leaning elements. The Game of Trust itself is one based on trusting your partner, and falling into a position of support, reinforcing the strength of the connection. This Hanger plays up to this notion. Available in a number of painted or natural finishes, from solid wood, due to its composition, the piece is also modular in nature. Based out of Athens, Greece, Ghikas designed this piece based on three identical Y-shaped elements, each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transformed the units into a unity. This in itself, the minimal composition of its elements, is beautiful. Photography courtesy of Nikos Alexopoulos.
Imagine taking a stroll through the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, enjoying breathtaking views of the natural landscape that embraces the city. While visiting the famous Parque Lage you notice an unusual structure inside the central Palace. When you dare to enter the tiny citadel, everything is covered in plastic and overtly orange. You’ve been lured in by the art collective known as Penique Productions. The duo builds customized inflatable balloons that fit and fill their chosen venue, guerrilla style: Penique Productions appropriates the original site that loses its routine to become part of the work getting a new identity. The balloon acts as a border and frames a new space. The container is also the content blurring the idea of the art object. The beauty of this site specific lies in numerous factors: the invasion of space by a vessel that manages to alter the perception of a visitor but does not harm the building in any way; it denies the original textures to shower it with a homogeneous quality; and finally, it works as conceptual exercise in reduction and simplification. It is a variation of minimalism when a classic building, filled with details and adornments, finds itself...