The first thing you will notice about this orthodontic clinic in Catania, Sicily is its pristine whiteness. The walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, and even equipment is all pure white. The interior lacks color, yet hidden within the crisp design are a ton of smart little details. Designed by Italian studio Bureauhub, this office goes above and beyond traditional clinic design. The office’s extensive tools and equipment are smartly stored in the Corian walls. All the signage in the clinic is carved into the walls and illuminated with bright, white light. A custom furniture piece in the waiting area keeps children entertained with hiding spaces and a desk for drawing. The design of White Space is not without meaning. The futuristic environment reflects the cutting edge technology used by the clinic. The subtle design details emulate the precision and craftsmanship of orthodontics. And of course, the immaculate white environment symbolizes the perfect smile the patients walk away with!
Recently featured designer curation store, Still House has launched a beautiful jewelry collection embodying the ethos of the store. Designed, conceived and manufactured by the store owner Urte Tylaite the pieces are a nod to the design philosophy of the pieces and artists featured at Still House. Each piece is seamlessly hand-made and finished in a selection of sterling silver and gold, with a black and gold diamond inset. Each piece has a sense of calm, seamless lines and stripped back minimalism. I like this subtlety a lot. The collection is available in their East Village store, as well as online and features a series of earrings, rings and necklaces, varying in lengths. Photography courtesy of Still House.
I was recently introduced to Sans Form, an independent minimalistic brand of t-shirts, hoodies, prints and bags created by an international collective of renowned graphic designers. Hand-printed using the best paper, the most vibrant ink, and only the softest of t-shirts, their products have been beautifully and carefully designed. The majority of prints in the store have been designed by Sans Form, but the superb and visually simple Shapes Evolution collection is the result of Italian graphic designer Alessandro Scarpellini of Aesse. Many more designers will be contributing to the store throughout the year, including Add Studio, Ashley O’Brien, Andy Sherborne, Bili Cardona, and Maqina. Sans Form have also been generous enough to offer our readers a 10% discount on all items, using the code: MINIMALISSIMO. There is also a 15% discount if you follow Sans Form on Twitter or Instagram.
Located on the coast of Geojedo, an island south of South Korea, Mug Hakdong sits on the beach off of the main street. It was designed by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects for a client who runs a medium-scale sales distribution company and wanted his employees to be able to utilize the space for training, learning as well as enjoying the cafe and its facilities. The architects developed the concept for this hotel to be as flexible as the program requires. There would be a varying number of people and customers at different times so the hotel would need to accommodate the constantly changing needs of the client’s staff and its own guests. The stunning result is a beautiful convertible space of mobile walls that rotate or fold to provide this flexibility. The intersection of walls as planes that overlap and dissect the interior spaces make an intriguing and complicated volume. I was drawn to this project not only of how beautiful it is aesthetically, but that the challenges of program requirements of connecting public and private has turned into a landmark that also helped revive the local community. Photography by Youngchae Park.
Factory Building on the Vitra Campus is the result of incredible work by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, who founded the studio SANAA almost 20 years ago, and won the Pritzker prize in 2010. The single circular factory is used by Vitrashop, a shop fitting company within the Vitra Group. Its interesting shape is explained: This proposal, which at first seemed unusual, was based on the realization that logistics and production methods no longer adhere to strictly hierarchical principles, but require flexibility. This was especially true in the case of the future occupants of the new facility. The circular footprint of the building permits the delivery and loading of goods in completely different locations, so that the flow of traffic inside the hall is reduced, optimized and simplified. The factory is more than 160 metres in diameter and reaches 11.4 metres in height, with a singular and characteristic facade, made of acrylic glass with three wave patterns on the surface to avoid a visual repetition, seeming infinite and homogeneous.
Ninebyfour is a minimalist LED ceiling lamp by the Amsterdam based studio Waarmakers. The LED light tubes do not generate any heat during use, allowing the creators to use atypical materials for the fixture: wood and cork. Every year thousands of trees are felled in the Amsterdam area. Usually the city trees disappear from root to branch in a shredder. The wood for the Ninebyfour fixture however comes from these salvaged trees. The former location of the ‘unfortunate’ trees are stamped on the cork. Simply enter the coordinates in Google maps and find out the trees’ origins. A first batch, from the Albert Neuhuysstraat, is now available.
Zoé Girard is a Montreal-based textile student and seamstress who creates comfortable-wear for her independent brand, Zoé G. Kocsis. Specializing in cozy outfits, everything is handmade with natural materials, such as wool, linen and cotton, and defined by comfort and ease of use. Her small collection is called week-end and consists of five soft, simple pieces that are light, airy and ideal for casual adventures, lounging and sleeping. My personal favorite is the featured black romper – such a stylish, simple outfit. The collection can be purchased online. Photography by Jennifer-Lynn Christie.
This beautiful collection has been created by Netherlands based designer Benjamin Vermeulen. Called MAG (Magnetic Assisted Geometry), the line consists of three flat-packed pieces that can be assembled with magnets without the use of tools. The furniture, made from high-quality steel and wood, snaps together without any effort. Here is how designer describes his vision: My goal is to design for people. But that doesn’t necessarily mean mass production, I rather design something amazing than have something mass produced. Another goal of mine is to make simple designs that people instantly understand how to use. Another interesting aspect of this collection is the fact that it is customizable. The cabinet allows you to to select components based on the configuration you need. You can change front, select number of shelves, attach extra elements and so forth. And you can take everything apart in seconds for storage or transportation. A nice idea for a nomadic lifestyle.
House F for a Violinist is another gorgeous build by one of my favorite Japanese firms, Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. The small, dark structure is situated on a narrow plot in busy downtown Tokyo. The architects responded to the site’s slim condition with a three story home, which uses height and depth to meet the needs of the occupant. The ground floor is a covered entrance, which also functions as a carport. The second and third stories contain the living and sleeping spaces, as well as a practice studio for the resident’s musical needs. I love the dark silhouette of this thin home. The arched opening on the ground floor and the large windows above add visual interest to the facade while serving practical purposes. This lovely structure is simple and beautiful, and looks great when illuminated at night!
Miso’s latest exhibition Everywhere I Have Ever Been is testament to the propel-able artistic force she is. Every once in a while you’re introduced to an artist who really has a curious dexterity. Miso is that. Her work is reminiscent of an otherness; another reality. It seems to have both an ethereal lightness and a depth of skill and technique that both employ an incited curiosity. Miso herself finds herself between the worlds of her two current homes; Melbourne and Tokyo, although originally from Ukraine. The exhibition Everywhere I Have Ever Been is an exploration of this. She decided to make a drawing for every city and every memory for these last few years while travelling between the cities, dreaming and mapping – hammering memory clusters as holes into paper, like strands of constellation maps. Each piece involves the insertion of tiny pins to create perforations into the medium. These openings, creating opportunities for engagement with light, then evolve into the finished piece. They create shadow and somehow also a sense of tactility that wants of its own dialogue. Essentially, she was playing with all these ephemeral things and making them into something tangible. Her work has recently been purchased...
Timothy Baga — @timothybaga — based in New York city, is currently working at fashion house Reed Krakoff, and is a visual enthusiast with pure love for graphic, timeless, sculptural form. Prior to Reed Krakoff, Timothy spent four years at Calvin Klein house where he was deeply influenced by reduction in the postmodern era. Outside of his full-time work, Timothy collaborates and creates striking imagery with his photographer and fashion styling partners. And it is this striking photography that we take a closer look at today. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I am inspired by art, architecture, fashion, motion picture and music, as well as geometric and graphic sensibilities. I am also fuelled by the power of light and shadow, the marrying contrast of black and white with select grey infusions. I am passionate about the future without completely disregarding the past, so I do my best to capture daily: My minimalist photo collection is a visual tale of my everyday trails. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? A monochromatic landscape allows me to be organic and live effortlessly. Color can be distracting, so I constantly surround myself with black and white ideologies — this...
Danish audio design company, AIAIAI, have recently updated their hugely successful TMA-1 headphones range with an even more basic and minimalist design. The TMA-1 X are versatile closed headphones, democratically designed for DJing, monitoring and mobile devices that feature a dynamic and balanced sound, suitable for all types of music. Designed with comfort and portability in mind, they feature a minimalistic headband and a unique capsule design, which makes them an attractive and lower-cost alternative to the TMA-1 DJ or TMA-1 Studio. The updated design of these matte-black headphones is courtesy of the wonderful work of Scandinavian industrial designers, KiBiSi. So if you are in the market for a new pair, the TMA-1 X will surely give you something to think about. Certainly the latest addition to my wish-list.