September 17, 2014

MINIMALISM

 Definition: a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity

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Since the Reagan era, 'conspicuous consumption' has ruled interiors in America. That "we-have-more-than-you-do" look has persisted through the latest trend of overpriced plastic'y, 70's retro-glam crap.
 The new trend-setters couldn't care less about Trump-ish prodigality as it's ALL about self-expression, comfort and individuality.


M  I  N  I  M  A  L  I  S  M 

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(Source: Axel Vervoordt)
Vervoordt does minimalism like no other - with soul and depth.
Soft curtains, hard surfaces and the wooden chairs thrown in for warmth.  Boom, there it is!


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(Source: Elle Decor)
A minimalist space with vintage mid-century pieces feels warmer than you'd expect, thanks to the raw stucco and natural woods.


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(Source: Designrulz)
Craycray, ok?
There's such sophistication in these details that they don't need to be covered up by mouldings or superfluous furniture.


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(Source: Erpicum and Partners)
Off-da-chain with that view, riiight??
The clear Philippe Starck Eros chairs are perfect as they don't create any visual interruptions... 


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(Source: Designrulz)
You don't always get to pick the style of your house, but you can pick what you do with it. By not overshadowing the architecture and flooring, the warmth and details are complimented by the few simple furnishings.  


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(Source: Jennifer Post)
This isn't true minimalism - but it's definitely a minimalist approach.
 It's simplicity is  its beauty.   


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(Source: Axel Vervoordt)
These clean-lined contemporary pieces juxtaposed with a 17th century building creates artistic tension between the modern and the ancient.


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(Source: Govaertamp Vanhoutte Architecten)
The no-boast kitchen!
No schmaltzy cabinets, no crazy marble, no coffin-sized range hood, no commercial appliances, just the natural light and a blurring of the lines between the indoors and outdoors. 


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(Source: Andree Putman)
A formal French apartment dials the grandeur down by painting the boiserie paneling white and using only what's absolutely necessary.
 Solid colored textiles create a contemporary, calm feeling.



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(Source: Atelier Bruno Erpicum)
In an amazing space like this you'd expect some Oprah dollars to be thrown around, right?  
This interior doesn't draw your attention from the architecture - it balances it, harmoniously, quietly.


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(Source: Govaertamp Vanhoutte Architecten)
I loves me a big white room! 
The U-shaped sectional and two Aalto chairs are simply perfect.


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(Source: Ong & Ong)
A desk and a chair, what else do you need for a home office, 
Tartan plaid wallpaper? Persian carpets?


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(Source: AD)
DAMN that's hot!!!!!
Or, perhaps should we add damask wallpaper and a leopard carpet runner?


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(Source: Fearon Hay Architects)
A glass pavilion with views to die for... unobscured by chazerai 


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Lean, clean, food preparing machine...
Just look how sophisticated lighting makes this space glow.


B  E  D  R  O  O  M  S   &   B  A  T  H  R  O  O  M  S

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(Source: Fearon Hay Architects)
See what your missing when you install all those colonial-style windows with crazy OTT curtains?


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(Source: Copper House II Studio)
A modest country cottage strips away all the expected 'country propaganda' creating a restful and authentic space.


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(Source: Joseph Dirand)
Lose the precious hardware, luxurious finishes and elaborate stones; get up-to-date with unpolished stone,  raw plaster and inconspicuous hardware - create a natural environment for bathing not a Vegas experience.


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(Source: Designrulz)
No whipped up canopy bed or expensive furniture emulating some royal bedchamber in the 18th century...just purity of form in the most personal room in the house.


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(Source: Belgian Bed and Breakfast)
Simple, inexpensive, serviceable and yet sophisticated!


T  H  E     N  E  W     M  I  N  I  M  A  L  I  S  M

Historically, minimalism was always about modern houses with modern furniture, a true revolt from centuries of decoration. 
The newest minimalism includes the occasional antique piece or ethnic textile as an art object, which brings a historical reference to an often too frigid space.

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A large pre-war apartment banishes the fringes, velvets and tapestries in favor of clean-lined, modern furnishings combined with mis-matched antique mirrors which add charm and patina.


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A grandly-scaled Georgian room blows off the 'period' look by kicking the antiques to the curb and introducing 21st century contemporary art and furnishings. 
Note: Historic rooms don't need to be decorated in the period in which they were built!


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(Source: Thomas Jayne)
Amazing contemporary art and the finest American antiques are deftly commingled to create a serenely spare space.


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(Source: Dinder House)
The size of this room would traditionally demand heavy, over scaled, 'serious' furnishings; but here the multi-colored Eames chairs with the crazy armoire and the Victorian mirror all look like a happily blended, modern mish-mosh of minimalism.


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(Source: Marie Claire Maison)
At the seaside, this single whale vertebra makes a much bolder, more contemporary statement than a heaving amount of nautical bibelot piled on each surface.
Less is more....


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(Source: Freshome)
Use only what you need, superfluous decorations are passé!
Minimalism usually makes one think of white with gray and a touch of black - but not here, the blues and lavenders kick it up!


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(Source: Architectural Record)
Shut The Front Door!
Can't even....


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(Source: AD)
Who says country can't be minimalistic?
LOVE LOVE LOVE how edited this space is.


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(Source: Habitually Chic)
Remember the definition of minimalism? 
"Marked by extreme spareness and simplicity"
This is it!


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(Source: Axel Vervoordt)
A single piece from many periods creates an interesting collage of style. The secret here is: Authentic, pure and not much more.  


S   C   H   M   I   N   I   M   A   L   I   S   T
(Schmaltzy minimalists)

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So close - and yet so far....
By swapping these dining chairs for some clean-lined, or solid color ones this would be a great room, but those orange and gold  leopard repro French chairs look totally ridiculous, completely ruining a cool room!  
(Look at the chair seats, they're like Jiffy-Pop, all rounded up...whaddup wit dat?)


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Typical middle-aged suburban modernism...
(balancing minimalism with a furniture salesman's advice) 


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Minimalism goes SoCal...
Back are the days of footmen - to push in those 500lb chairs behind each guest.


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Scale is the problem here; the delicate contemporary furnishings are lost in a huge 18th century-style room. 


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You having a partayy in your bedroom?
What's up with all the seating (and no tables) it looks like a Bauhaus exhibit.


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Is there no gravity in the room? 
Everything's floating aimlessly about in the space...


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Post-Modern/Colonial/Minimalism?


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If you wanna play the minimalist game you gotta have the right pieces. This looks like a temporary set-up with the detritus from another home...
(beds in front of windows almost always look goofy)


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Eclectic .... maybe, but not minimalist...


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