This two family dwelling is located in Minamikarasuyama, Tokyo. Atelier HAKO Architects formed the two homes in one building on a narrow plot. Concrete is the primary material used in this structure. A concrete facade ensures privacy for the dwelling while projecting a sleek and modern aesthetic. The pattern of dots on the concrete are a result of the fabrication process. In this home, however, they form a simple, lovely pattern on the exterior and interior walls. Louvered screens cover the large windows: they filter the light and create additional privacy for the residents. Each story of the building contains a home with all the necessities for a small family: bedrooms, bathrooms, and a main living area with kitchen. The interiors are divided by white walls that compliment the exposed concrete. Floating staircases lead to a glass-covered terrace on the upper story. Dwelling of Minamikarasuyama is an elegant solution for a multi-family home in a crowded city.
The Minimalissimo team would like to wish you all happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas. We appreciate all of our new and longstanding readers and we hope to continue featuring beautiful minimalist designs every single day of 2014. Thank you also for all your support and feedback this year. We always enjoy a good, passionate discussion. — Carl, Adele, Bronwyn, Jillian, Jorge, Marina, Melle, Natalia, Nhat & Niels-Peter. The simple and beautifully decorated tree you see featured is by Los Cabos based freelance graphic designer, Alejandrina Bessoberto. Her design blog is a favourite of ours, which often offers an insight into Ale’s incredibly stylish home.
Savvy, a multidisciplinary studio based in Nuevo León, Mexico, are no strangers to Minimalissimo, having previously featured their outstanding branding of Casa Bosques Chocolates. Today we are celebrating their latest design work — the branding of fashion label Håndværk. Håndværk is the Danish word that stands for hand-crafted or artisanal, and the branding reflects Håndværk’s nature: elegant simplicity. Clean lines and a simple typographic treatment based on minimal Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics, Savvy explains: We have communicated Håndværk’s quality through a graphic language that is based on minimal aesthetics, predominantly white. Their principle of simplicity and upmost quality is always reflected in all supporting materials, from their packaging to the language used for their texts. From the superbly simple and elegant design finishes of Savvy, to Håndværk’s clothing line itself, this is a perfect example of beautiful minimalism that is an absolute pleasure to share with you.
Designer Tom Dixon has collaborated with Adidas to produce an innovative collection known as The Capsule which consists of both apparel and accessories that are multifunctional, utilitarian and modern all at once. Recently featured at Pitti Uomo in Florence and London Design Festival, this project spawn from Dixon’s one experience of having to sleep on a park bench when he could not get a hotel one night in Milan. The idea of having the basic necessities that were transformable to climate and condition inspired this survival kit – being prepared for the unexpected. And what a sharp, smart looking kit it is. With its focus around two pieces of luggage – one hard and one soft, their multiple compartments hold the basic collection of minimal and utilitarian outfits of reversible tops, adjustable pants and customizable shirts where you can cut the hemlines to the desired length. Padded parkas can be turned into sleeping bags, separates that can be assembled by buttons into a one-piece suit, and shoes that come in two parts for ease of storage can be put together by PVC stitch tape. I love that the thought process that went into the function of each piece, and yet remains stylish....
Cowrie Chair is an elegant and attractive design inspired by the concave lines of sea shells, being its curvilinear shape possible after an extensive research and innovation process that combines handmade and digital tecnology. The result is a brilliant single surface monocoque fold formed in Ash faced plywood with either a natural or ebonised finish, something that also gives it a great feeling of contuinity and simplicity. Cowrie Chair is part of the Cowrie collection that includes an elegant rocking lounger too, all designed and developed by Brodie Neill, the creative director of Made in Ratio, a new brand launched this past April in Milan.
Vessel must be one of the most relaxing bath tubs I have ever seen! Struck by the synergy between the shapes of a hammock and a bath tub the founders of SplinterWorks, Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington, were inspired to create an engaging and inspiring furniture piece for the bathroom. Or as they describe it themselves “a piece that would provide the ultimate vehicle for total escapism.” Elevated above the floor, Vessel, made of carbon fibre, is a real eye-catcher with its smooth curves. The bath tub is filled using a floor standing, stainless steel, tap and the waste water released through the base into a floor drain. Apart from black, Vessel is also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver.
This beautifully minimal collection of cylindrical objects is a tableware set, created by Lisbon based designer Miguel Lopes. Titled +cinco, the line consists of five entities - a salad bowl, a bottle of olive oil, a bottle of vinegar, a set of condiments (salt shaker, pepper shaker and a third) with a support base and a set of containers for sauces. All pieces are tied together aesthetically by the similarity of their form. Lopes explains his concept: I opted to a shape that was the mother shape of the whole project: the circumference. This shape was chosen because it determines a cycle, a circuit, a development in progress, a line of cohesion, a materia which I wanted to use in the products that I have created, timeless, avant-garde and refined solid design undefined in time. I love the strong presence these piece have as a group and as each individual object. The +cinco collection is a participant in MUJI Award 04 International Design Competition in collaboration with André Hernâni Meca. Photography courtesy of Igor Alçada.
Ermitage is an example of minimalism in its truest form. Designed by the French architecture collective Septembre, this teeny cabin is located between the woods and the sea on the Swedish island of Trossö. Septembre’s goal was to keep the design as minimal as possible in order to give full attention to the pristine surrounding landscape. The home is incredibly basic and features only the necessities: a double bed, storage drawer, and an attached sauna. Large windows and a sliding glass door illuminate the tiny space and connect the home with the outdoors. This cabin denies the barrier of inside/outside by welcoming the natural environment into the home visually and physically. Ermitage allows its residents to connect with nature without the distractions found in many traditional vacation homes.
Nicolas Schuybroek Architects’ DT Appartment in Brussels, Belgium is a beautifully muted pallete of monochronism. The celebration of marble, stone and timber is harmonious and brings the spaces together effortlessly. Essentially posing the challenge of being a small apartment, NS Architects have managed to create a series of spaces that add a sense of warmth. The contrast in materiality throughout is well orchestrated and has a seeming natural feel. Named one of French Architectural Digest’s Best Interior Designers of 2013, Nicolas Schuybroek is beyond emerging. His career has spanned cross-continental borders having studied in Belgium, worked in Canada and continued collaborations across the two nations. His work is primarily high end residential, and is without a doubt, one to watch. Photography courtesy of Nicolas Schuybroek Architects.
Rachel Keeley – @haussmith – is a London based mid-century and Scandinavian modern enthusiast currently working on putting together her own mid-century furniture and home décor collection, which she is looking to launch in the new year. Today however, we gain an insight into Rachel’s superbly captured Instagram that I am sure will inspire many of our readers. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m very much “a place for everything and everything in its place” type of person. I take solace from the neat and orderly and appreciate the sense of calm that can emanate from a clutter-free space. I try to ensure these philosophies and elements are evident in my photos. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? With two young children, my home is never as clean and tidy as I would like – indeed, when it comes to the small people I frequently have to shelve my “a place for everything and everything in its place” mentality! So attempting to create a sense of order among the chaos of toys and related paraphernalia can be extremely therapeutic and help spark my creativity. When and how do you decide to take a photo? I’m...
Minimalism is incredibly sexy in this 2013 Spring Summer collection by Sydney based UNIF.M, a creative collective whose objective is to reinvent everyday wear while complimenting what already exists in the closet: UNIF.M garments are developed to integrate seamlessly into an existing wardrobe and create a strong foundation. There is a stunning softness to this collection’s appeal past its first glance of basic forms and colors. Leather bras to silk pyjama blouses, pinafore to empire-line, the styles and materials exude a quality of feminism that is not over-girly. Instead, the designs are confident, the proportions are well crafted, and I love the fact that the studio used traditional methods of manufacturing industry-grade uniforms to deliver their clothes.
151E is a shop based in Fukuoka dedicated to Japan’s finest teas. The name is written in alpha-numeric characters, but is pronounced ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会), which is actually a Japanese phrase nearly impossible to translate for its multiple roots and interpretations. However, the term can be used to encourage one to cherish a once in a lifetime moment, or perhaps a cup of tea, in the tradition of tea ceremonies which are always of significance in Japanese culture. 151E opened in Fukuoka in October 2013 and boasts the finest varieties of teas from the Kyushu region. In typical Japanese fashion, the shop features an elegant interior with clean, raw materials and showcases an beautiful range of minimalist packaging for each tea.