Minimalissimo


Most of our readers must have remembered Dylan Cao, a young accessories designer based in New York, from our Inside Instagram feature. Now with a degree and the title Designer of The Year for Accessories Design from Parsons University, he is here again to showcase his awarded footwear collection. Simply coating in white, this series of minimal designs reflects the designer’s personal experience as a mental patient. The stark and pristine definition faithfully delivers the sterility of an institution; however in this case, sterility takes on many other layers of complexity. To contrast the monotony, the decision to include the metal heels, as a direct translation of the sterile stools at the facility, is rather clever. Not only that, but they also have a relation to the doctoral equipments, taking on different geometric shapes. The inclusion of screws creates machinery image while the interplay of leather panels gives a newness to the silhouettes. As a whole, it is an experimentation of form and structure, as well as color (or the lack thereof) and material. I especially enjoy the addition of the supporting leather strap on one of the sandals. Even without the apparent appearance of the metal legs, that line adds...


Barcelona based designer Adolfo Abejon created this simple and witty lamp, aptly called Slim. Constructed from an iron pipe, the piece resembles the shape of the traditional post-and-shade lamp. The familiar form is stripped down to its mere outline, making Slim a minimalist version of the timeless classic. Abejon explains: The lamps play a joke on themselves. This collection reminds the archetype of lamps composed of a lampshade, a central body and the base. The design keeps this idea by breaking the parts and keeping the important things: a pipe is enough to hold the bulb and the lampshade is used just to protect the bulb in case of falling down. The lamp comes in floor and table versions and in three colors: black, white and turquoise.


This contemporary Tel Aviv Flat is truly a unique and stunning dwelling. Designed by the Israeli firm Pitsou Kedem Architects, this apartment defines luxurious minimalism. The home is a large, flowing space divided with concrete forms. One of the forms is a solid, free-floating wall which divides the dining room and bedroom. This structure contains hidden storage to help keep the home clean and organized. Another form divides the kitchen and living room with thin, concrete columns. The exterior walls of the home are almost entirely covered in windows which look onto the busy city below. The furnishings in Tel Aviv Flat are carefully chosen for their color and shape. Each piece is sculptural and contributes to the architectural design scheme. I love the division of space in this home. The open floor plan allows the apartment to feel much larger than it actually is. This layout also connects each space of the home physically and aesthetically, resulting in a fluid, seamless design.


Amelie Riech’s Uncommon Matters series is a striking collection of idealistic future lines. The pieces are based on simplified geometric forms that supplement the users own style, using subtlety and an understated design philosophy. There is also a strong connection to the enduring craft techniques of the past with the construction of the pieces being well considered and constructed with exemplarily quality. Reich is based between both Berlin and Paris and her work is said to reflect a luminous energy that is reflected by the sleek, fluid surfaces of the pieces. There is also a timeless and sensuous manner to the way in which light interacts with the elements through movement. See list of stockists for all available pieces. Photography courtesy of Matthias Wingartner


Pablo Alzaga — @pabloalzaga — originally from San Sebastian, but currently based in Madrid studying Telecommunication Engineering, is also an incredibly talented freelance photographer. It is Pablo’s striking, minimalist work in photography, featured on Instagram, that we are delighted to share with you, along with an exclusive insight into the man behind the lens. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I feel inspired by simplicity and straight lines in architecture and wide open spaces. Skateboarding and streetwear fashion are also an important part of my work, always through a refined point of view. And I have a little obsession: I’m fascinated by faraway people. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? As an engineer, it’s all about the connection between maths and visual arts, always looking for symmetry, proportions and new perspectives around me. White buildings, neat rooftops or lonely landscapes help spark my creativity. When and how do you decide to take a photo? I always try to make photos in high key conditions. Light is so important! Cloudy, grey days reveals the best spots of the city, so if the situation has little information for my eye, I shoot. What is your favourite quote on...


Connected Magazine is a new contemporary fashion magazine that has just launched its first issue. As the brainchild of Nani Lim and Pontus Samuel, the magazine started of as a school project and evolved into a platform for the Stockholm-based duo to express their identical love for photography, fashion and design; a platform that celebrates the motivation of good design instead of mere current trends: There is a very one dimensional look on fashion today, which is basically “buy! buy! buy!”, and we felt that the function behind clothes sort of got lost in translation. The style of minimalism is the tool that is used to express their aesthetic and visual language both in the design of the magazine as well as the articles they feature. The images exude an appealing simplicity and the styling of the editorials are of a minimalistic elegance. The magazine communicates the team’s personal tastes and inspiration to their audience. I love the fact that it is so personal and shared in such a beautifully crafted and designed publication, which makes this project more meaningful. As the editor Nani Lim so eloquently sums up: Most of our inspiration comes from meeting creative people and the interaction...


Up in the air is a striking occasional table for home and contract use, developed by Ramón Úbeda and Otto Canalda for the Spanish company Viccarbe. The white lacquered cylindrical table is also made from a patented environment-friendly resin that contains handmade fish replicas, therefore no need of additional decoration than themselves. The designers explain: Fish that aren’t fish. That seem to float in water that isn’t water. They seem to be suspended in air that isn’t air. Like a dream. A wonderful mixture between minimalism and poetry is the result of this charming project, that is available in different versions of fish compositions and table sizes.


DesignByThem collaborated with Seaton Mckeon to create the Alfred magazine rack; a minimalist and convenient organizer for your magazines or books. The inspiration for Alfred came from the cartoon-like aesthetics and industrial functionality that is reminiscent of cranes and cherry pickers. Its design is focused on lasting durability and functionality. A central handle was added to make it easy to move the rack around the space. The magazine rack is made of powder coated aluminium and is available in four colors including yellow, black, white, and blue. There must be one that will match your interior. Photography by Grant Harvey.


Pebble 2 is a minimalist smartphone wireless charger and bluetooth speaker by the French studio Orée. The piece is handcrafted from solid wood or marble and seamlessly blends with any workspace. The technology behind the product is quite intuitive and requires no learning curve. Simply place your smartphone on the Pebble 2 and your phone starts charging automatically and syncs instantly via bluetooth to the audio system built inside the Pebble. You can now enjoy the music or make hands-free phone calls. Here is how the designers describe their idea: Smartphones fit our mobile lifestlyle like a glove. Yet when we are at home or in the office, they just feel bulky: we’re never quite sure where we leave them, we scramble for the power cable to make sure they are charged up for our next errand and we cope with the poor sound quality of the built-in loudspeaker when we want to conveniently make hands-free calls or listen to music. We created Oree Pebble 2 so your smartphone elegantly fits your lifestyle at home or in the office. The device uses bluetooth and standard QI technology to wirelessly charge most Android devices. Because this technology is not yet embedded in iPhones, they...


Casa Spodsbjerg is a family summer home on a rocky beach in Denmark. Completed in 2010 by Arkitema Architects, this house is designed to take advantage of the views and characteristics of its site. The structure is composed of two staggered volumes on a concrete foundation. One volume houses the living rooms while the other holds the bedrooms and bathrooms. The living room utilizes floor to ceiling windows to achieve an unbroken view of the sea and beach. The bedrooms are on the second story and are more shielded, allowing for a quiet and peaceful place to rest. Casa Spodsbjerg uses a limited number of materials in its design. Concrete is used for the base and internal forms, the floors are a light hardwood, and the ceilings covered with a warm, slatted wood. This home is the perfect beach dwelling. I love how the two forms work with the geography of site to maximize the views of the surroundings. I particularly enjoy the way the materials work together in this structure. The light hardwood floors blend with the exposed concrete and are reminiscent of the sandy shore outside. The slatted wood ceiling warms the space and gives it a more natural feel. What more could one want in a...


Studio de Materia’s Light Soil V2 is a beautiful fusion of clean lines. The intersecting elements seem to float and hold one another, but in a way that oozes effortlessness. The use of the natural shape of the terrain by placing the garage on the street level helps separate and delineate functionality of the spaces. Situated in Poznan, Poland, the use of concrete, glass and wood are so well integrated that the resulting architecture seems almost soft. The lack of clutter and nod to the surrounding landscape are both subtle and contextually sensitive. Studio de Materia has combined a clear technical knowledge base with a minimalist aesthetic that compliments the context and adds clear value to the aesthetic appreciation-ist. Photography courtesy of Rzemioslo Architektoniczne.


Romanian studio Clean Everything recently produced their latest collection of simple, elegant, vegetable tanned leather goods titled, Trilogy. Sharp edges and sleek touches are the key inspiration and theme of this collection, which, as its title suggests, includes three pieces. The Triangle Folded Clutch is a simple and elegant clutch featuring a sleek folded design involving one piece of leather and one polished metal stud. Based on the classic Italian coin purses the triangle has been enlarged and cleaned up, transforming it into an entirely different and contemporary piece. The Triangle Folded Backpack is a stylish and innovative triangle shaped leather backpack with adjustable shoulder straps. Its uniqueness originates from the folding design using one piece of leather, manipulated into shape, and riveted together with two metal studs. The Stitchless Bag, crafted from two pieces of vegetable tanned leather with no stitches, is a minimalist shoulder bag that allows you to effortlessly carry your daily essentials with style. Each design is available in three colour variations — red, white and green. Photography by Robert Petreanu