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What Exactly is Minimalism?



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`A designer knows that he has reached perfection, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away` - Antoine de saint Exupery.

Minimalism is a movement that began in the 1950s which rejects social comments, self-expression, narrative elements or any allusions to the history, politics or religion. It is based on creating objects, paintings, sculptures and music whose value is aesthetics.

The term minimalism is applied to the trend in design and architecture where everything is reduced to the essential. Minimalistic design has been highly influenced by traditional Japanese design and architecture. In addition, the work of artists from `de Stijl` artistic movement is the major source of reference for this art because it extended the ideas that could be expressed by using basic elements, such as lines and planes organized in a very specific manner.

The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used the motto `Less is more` to describe his aesthetic tactic of arranging numerous necessary components of a building to create an expression of extreme simplicity creating every element and detail so that they have more visual and functional purposes such as designing a floor to also serve as radiator or a massive fireplace to also house a bathroom.

The structure has a relatively simple and elegant design, and ornamentations are quality rather than quality. The structure`s beauty is also achieved by playing with lighting , using basic geometric shapes as outlines , using only a single shape or a small number of similar shapes. This results in unity, using simple bright colour combinations. It is possible to use colour brightness balance and contrast surface colours to improve visual aesthetics. The objects usually have industrial and ultra modern style elements (lamps, stoves, stairs etc.), neat and straight components (like walls or stairs), flat roofs, and large windows to let in lots of sunlight.

Modern minimalist architecture with the unnecessary internal walls removed, may have led to the popularity of the open  inner space, with no walls between the kitchen and the living room. This does not mean that we have to live in a modern box – for some of us simplicity becomes boring after a while – while others strive to the minimalistic expression. However, you should think about how complicated are these apparently simple creations.

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