7.28.2014 After seeing an article on top minimalist kitchen and bath designs featured on Interior Design, I started to think about what statement this aesthetic is making in today's fashion and interior design. It used to be that when we heard "minimal", we immediately thought of descripters like "cold", "white", and possibly even "boring". If you're still on that train of thought, please give me a chance to show you the new side of minimalism. Check out some highlights below
I’m finding that those who truly embrace minimalism are usually the same people that are willing to take the time to stop and find the beauty in things that tend to be overlooked. After all, with the focus being on less….there is in fact, less to look at. This means detail becomes key, and no detail is ever overlooked. These are the same people that will always appreciate a simple Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. Simplistic in style, but the wow factor is always in the detai
This leads me to think about how minimalism has evolved throughout fashion in general. In looking back at the 90’s for example, you can’t skim the genre without seeing iconic minimalist styles donning supermodels from Calvin Klein, or Helmut Lang. Minimalism from this era doesn’t seem too far from that of today. Simple, and yet definitely making a statement.
Example A: The recent styles from Narciso Rodriguez are clearly making a case for “less is more”. Even though the concept isn’t new, this look feels fresh and as relevant as ever. This is something I aspire to always embody throughout the Same Tree collection….an aesthetic that always feels fresh and completely relevant, while still maintaining a sense of tradition.
The Angle Table is a perfect example of how we try to design with the minimalist mindset. The design may look simple, but the process of building it is far from it. I think it's true what they say... " It is much harder to design something simple than it is complex." The Angle table featured here is constructed using unique and complex inner construction techniques to accomplish its clean lines and amazing strength.
Speaking of interior luxury…minimalism has been making a huge debut throughout luxury interiors as well… though I feel like it’s taken on a new edge. It used to be that I thought the minimal look was cold, and unwelcoming. Now, with the trend being towards highlighting vintage patinas, and warm woods… I am absolutely in love with the whole aesthetic. Posted here are some of my recent faves. I love how this space is focused on the beauty of the wood grain on the wall. Project
This space is a great example of how minimal can be warm. The wood and white make you focus on what counts by calling you in to take a closer look. I only wish there was an interesting lighting feature... a native chandelier would be perfect here. Project by: Barliswedlick Architects
How amazing does this wood look against the minimal background? All the white forces you to truly appreciate the gorgeous bent wood entry way. Source: Interior Design Project: Apartment. Firm: i29 Interior Architects. Site:Paris. Photography Courtesy of i29 Interior Architects.
7.26.14 These awesome rings are from a Stockholm designer, Cho Hyunjung. Her line called Jooolry is definitely fresh. The modern geometric jewelry is playful, yet sends a strong power message. All I have to say is that it seems that that those Scandi babes are really setting the bar high with high fashion jewelry these days. The shine of the 24 Karat gold and brass makes me think I definitely need more than one.