minimalist design

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

The exterior of the three-story Studio Sitges is a veritable hodgepodge of industrial materials that include pre-weathered Corten steel and raw, hand-treated concrete. The board-formed concrete walls and

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Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Representing two individual bodies that have merged together at a rectangular overlap in the middle, the structure combines two intersecting timber-framed buildings with large openings at each end rather

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The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

Part of the strategy to make the school enhance the area rather than overwhelm it is the all glass facade that reflects the coastal landscape and light, which changes during the day and throughout the

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Ufogel: A Tiny Minimalist Holiday Hideaway Rises on Stilts in Austria

Ufogel: A Tiny Minimalist Holiday Hideaway Rises on Stilts in Austria

The 485 square-foot sculptural holiday home is built mostly from glass, metal and Larch wood, a highly-ecological, waterproof and rot-resistant timber typically used for building yachts and other exterior

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Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

The coffin-sized rooms are not a novelty in Japan. Capsule hotels have been there since the 70s but have gotten a bad rap as the last resort of drunken workers that missed the last train home. Nike Hours

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Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Wine distributors, journalists and wine sellers are all in for a treat when visiting the Richmond Ranges vineyards. The gorgeously creative façade facing the road is clad in weathered steel, which

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Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Rever go Drage describes the original one bedroom, one bathroom home as "Scandinavian functionalism," which is short for a very small dwelling with a flat roof, brown wood cladding and white brick walls.

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

The first thing to notice about the Home Office on display in Buenos Aires is the curious mossy carpet at the onset of the floating timber platform that accommodates a large conference table. In addition

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact,

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is surprisingly

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Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Steel framing drastically reduces the footprint of any home, particularly if it is coupled with a great deal of efficient insulation and other passive design techniques as it is with this design. A boxy

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Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

The clients are a sporty family that also enjoy hosting a lot of parties. They also love the sun, even though there isn't much of that in Russia. So Kostelov used sustainably-sourced timber to create a

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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Laser-Cut Butterfly Door Allows Natural Light into London’s Hidden House

Laser-Cut Butterfly Door Allows Natural Light into London’s Hidden House

The Hidden House is wrapped in a shiny black exterior that seals it off from the rest of the world. This is great in terms of creating an interior intimacy, but not so great for natural light. Which is

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Shelter of Nostalgia is an Indoor Treehouse That Sparks Imagination in Thailand

Shelter of Nostalgia is an Indoor Treehouse That Sparks Imagination in Thailand

Worapong Manupipatpong wants to bring out the inner child of visitors to the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. A wizard of timber, the Thai designer constructed a simple indoor treehouse called the Shelter

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Spherical Prefab G-PODs are High-Tech Loungers for Modern Nomads

Spherical Prefab G-PODs are High-Tech Loungers for Modern Nomads

G-PODS are sleek prefabricated structures that can be placed just about anywhere, including rooftops and gardens. They are rain-resistant and the interiors are covered in the same materials used in

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Squish Studio is a Tiny Minimalist Home That Sits Lightly on Canada’s Fogo Island

Squish Studio is a Tiny Minimalist Home That Sits Lightly on Canada’s Fogo Island

From a distance, the 130 square meter studio is swallowed up by rock, water and sky, but close up, several interventions have given the almost celestial space great expanse. The pitched southern entry

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LATE Architects Renovates a Dreary Polish Office with Paint and 3,000 Feet of Tape

LATE Architects Renovates a Dreary Polish Office with Paint and 3,000 Feet of Tape

Instead of buying new furniture or adding in partitions, the creative incubator firm Kompany commissioned the LATE design duo to improve their office space using color and typography. But don't be fooled

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Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Just about every piece of furniture has a dual purpose in this lovely loft apartment. The stairs have a built in kitchen unit and bookshelves, which we love, the bathroom cabinets incorporate the washer

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Ultra Futuristic Pedestrian Bridge in Spain Points the Way With LEDs

Ultra Futuristic Pedestrian Bridge in Spain Points the Way With LEDs

An ornate addition to this quaint Mediterranean town in Spain's Granada province, the bridge creates easy access for everyone - including disabled pedestrians between two coveted urban destinations. This

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Jose Hurtados’s Extraordinary Hubless Twist Bike Can be Turned into a Tandem

Jose Hurtados’s Extraordinary Hubless Twist Bike Can be Turned into a Tandem

We're not sure how comfortable it will be to sit on the Twist's saddle, which pivots on the same arm as the handlebars, or how easily the bike will come to a stop with the hubless wheels, but the

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