Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Art of Minimalism

My previous blog post has reminded me a classic Latin saying "De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum", which means "it's no use to dispute about tastes". A brilliant phrase when it comes to interior design. The scope of various artistic styles is enormous. Today's post is about minimalism.
Its motherland is Japan, from which it has expanded all over the world. One of the main mottos of minimalism is "Less is more", which had been laid by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a famous German architect. Its distinctive features are:
  • As much space as possible
  • Modest amount of decor
  • Low color variety (mostly natural colors and textures)
  • Contrasts
  • Functionality is the King
  • Neat and straight elements
  • Lots of bright light

Despite minimalism is not for eveyone, it is quite popular. Fans of minimalism often are creative persons who have powerful imagination, thus not wanting superfluous objects to sidetrack their attention.

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