Minimalism in Design

Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Illinois (US)
Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Illinois (US)

Minimalism cannot be more aptly defined than with the expression – “Less is more,” a motto adopted by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to describe his aesthetic yet practical arrangement of indispensable components to create an impression of simplicity. He incorporated only the absolutely crucial elements to serve the requisite visual and functional purposes of it. Simply put, the idea suggests eliminating excesses, de-cluttering and making use of bare essentials. The movement started way back in the late 1960s in various forms of art and design, more specific to visual arts and music then. The minimalist artists drew references from the De Stijl (Dutch for “style”) movement, founded in the early 1920s, which was also known as “Neoplasticism.” Advocators of De Stijl movement simplified visual compositions and reduced the essentials of form and colour. The movement propagates that ideas could be expressed with the use of basic elements such as lines and planes organized in precise manner.

It is also noted that minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. The Japanese culture advocates the concept of MA (間) (pronounced ‘maah’) meaning “the pure, and indeed essential, void between all things.” The concept emphasizes the possibility of emptiness and de-cluttering where the focus is on a specific object that can exist, stand out and exude importance. When a home is cluttered, every valuable thing loses its value and where there is too much, our ability to focus on the important features of our living space diminishes. Thus the Western concept of minimalism is steeply grounded in many different cultures and revolutionary movements.

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Guess Who Moved Into Their New Home In Hidden Hills?

Here take a tour of the swanky new abode of the most-talked about celeb couple:

The house is largely done up in white interiors, which also happens to be  this hot reality show star’s favorite color.
The exquisite chandelier complements the lily-white dining room perfectly…
White follows into other rooms. Thankfully, hues of blue brings relief….
The wooden lofts adds a beautiful touch to the interiors…
Even the exposed brick walls are whitewashed to go with the rest of the decor…
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Days I regret becoming an architect

“Life is a grindstone; either it grinds you down or polishes you up…” True that. We have inspirational, motivational quotes to get us through the day. But there are definitely those days when we wake up and question our decisions to become an architect. Mostly on occasions when…

We end up working over 24  hours a day, especially when we have deadlines to meet… I mean 24 hours is a serious limitation. Architects must be assigned more hours in a day… 

 
 
 
Work-life balance, what is that? Sleep, what is that??

 
 
 
I know I deserve to get paid more, but will my clients ever get it? No, they simply won’t get the creative’s worth because they’d be like … 
 
 
 
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Ten Interesting Architectural Facts About Brasilia

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, is known for its rapturous carnivals and lively spirit. The capital of Brazil is no different from the rest of the country, except that it was formed only recently, i.e., it is less than 55 years old. Brasilia was the brainchild of the former president Juscelino Kubitschek who envisioned a new, modern city for Brazil’s government. In 1957, acclaimed Brazilian urban architect, Lucio Costa beat 5,000 entrants in a competition to bag the opportunity to become Brasilia’s principal planner. He roped in his close friend Oscar Niemeyer to design non-public buildings, while landscape designing was assigned to Roberto Burle Marx. The city, developed along the Brazilian Highlands in the country’s Central-West region, is venerated world-over for its beautiful modernist architecture.

 Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for almost 200 years until Brasilia, the newly designed city, took over the title in 1960.


The original master plan of the city, conceptualized by Lucio Costa, interestingly depicts the shape of a bird taking flight.


The city of Brasília is an enormous feat of engineering and planning and it was built entirely from scratch in the late 1950’s in just 2,000 days. UNESCO listed the entire city of Brasilia as a World Heritage Site in 1987.


 

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Do Designers Need Formal Education?

Have you ever woken up wondering if you have wasted the valuable 3-5 years of your life studying design in a school when you could simply have gathered all the experience on the job and worked your way up? Or probably the thought has crossed your mind, if you have applied your learning efficiently at your job? To those with whom these thoughts reverberate, the important question we would like to ask is ‘do designers need formal education?’

To Learn…

The pros of formal education are many… If your goal in life is to work for a top-notch design firm, you must first aspire to attain a valid degree, or at best, be a valedictorian from the best design school. Most firms have an automated system that weed out applicants that have not mentioned a degree or failed to meet their ‘qualifying’ criteria. Either ways, even if you beat your competition and finally land a job at your dream firm, what assures that it will satiate your desire for incessant learning and growth? The rigidity of your college experience teaches you the basics of design and undoubtedly, lets you explore the field without commercial constraints and prepares you to meet the requirements of a design firm.

 

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Ten Best Designed Hotel Lobbies

Hotel Lobbies are a great, perhaps, the only way to create a lasting first impression on their guests. The lobby, in part, gives you a preview of the hotel’s investments made on the extravagant designs or the peculiar theme to follow suit. We round up the ten best designed hotel lobbies from around the world that worked up an appetite for us to find out what more to expect from the hotel’s rooms.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand


Designed by P49, the hotel lobby has an enigmatic white and black photograph on the ceiling of the porte-cochère. The large, modern stainless steel chandelier hung in the middle of the reception hall is an exceptional addition to the monochromatic décor. The lobby area influenced by a Thai Pavilion creates a stunning first impression along with the inclusion of few modern and abstract elements reinterpreting the Northern Thai culture has been infused into the design.

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Where Architecture Meets Cinematography

Chibi Moku is a dynamic team comprising a cinematographer and photographer duo that travel the world, live in an RV and shoot incredible architecture along the way. They have exhibited their exceptional works on Archh.com and generated some amazing response for it as well; so in retrospect, we compile the four most-viewed projects of the lot.

The duo, Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer, sold everything they owned in Osaka, Japan and moved to America to pursue their passion of ‘sharing the stories of architects and designers.’ Armed with cameras in hand and ingenuity up their sleeve, they have captured the essence of contemporary architecture along their journey.

“Photography captures the aesthetics of architecture, but cinematography tells a different story” says J. Shaffer “It’s not just about the science, engineering, or even art, but rather ‘What defines contemporary architecture and design for our time?’ As storytellers, we help to make that mark on history. We like to make sure we dig into all angles of the story…including humor!”

Chibi Moku has filmed all over Asia and the South Pacific, however they spend most of their time in the continental United States. They are releasing 20 brand new projects between August and September this year and plan to film in the Pacific Northwest for the fall. The duo has ambitious plans to finish shooting in Florida and pack and move to Europe, to cover the breathtaking architecture of Greece and Italy next year. “I want to film architecture in every country in the world!” says Natsuko Shaffer. “It’s interesting to see how, for instance, Japanese architecture is used even in western worlds…even in places that you would least expect…like Nebraska!”

PROJECT 1: San Clemente Home, California


As you walk into this beautiful house in San Clemente, California, you are likely to notice the curved and rounded interior as opposed to its contrasting geometrical exterior. This is Dupuis Designs’ flagship project; the modern Californian-styled home features Peggy Dupuis’ signature red-painted (also the load-bearing) wall complementing the customized bay windows that stretch along the expanse of the house. The decorations and furnishings are simple, blending white, anthracite grey and black, with a hint of light-colored wood. The entire house, designed on low-energy consumption model, has clever set of window openings, glass doors and skylights that provide natural air conditioning.

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Project 2:  E11EVEN Nightclub, Miami 


Designed by Telesco Associates Inc., E11EVEN is a one-of-a-kind upscale 24/7 nightclub in Miami where the design thrives on the concept of a nightclub meets Cirque du Soleil meets international cabaret. This 25,000 square feet, two-storey club is equipped with a bar in the main room, has a mini-podium with a large centre pillar, a lit-up cage and an LED wall that grabs your attention as soon as you step into the club. The centre of the main room has a hydraulic stage that can rise to the mezzanine level, or be transformed into a dance floor. 

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