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Minimalism: There’s nothing to it

Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York, where architects and fashion designers worked together in the boutiques to achieve simplicity, using white elements, cold lighting, large space with minimum objects and furniture. Minimalist architecture simplifies living space to reveal the essential quality of buildings and conveys simplicity in attitudes toward life. It is highly inspired from the Japanese traditional design and the concept of Zen philosophy - via Wikipedia

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This article is for people who don’t like ‘stuff’ but crave the uber-cool ‘there’s nothing there’ look. Like this chair. What chair?



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We can see why they built these stairs out of expanded steel mesh – they wanted to allow the maximum amount of light to come downstairs from the upstairs apartment. But imagine trying to get down those stairs at night or in a slight state of inebriation???



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We love these the ‘domino’ stairs. They’re made of steel, they look totally cool – but they would not be legal in New Zealand – and most other countries – because of their total lack of a handrail and other safety features.



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Do you see stairs running up the wall on the left? I only see a bookshelf and a lamp and… Oh!



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You’ve got wall-mounted cabinets in your bathroom and kitchen – but do you have a floating bed? The latest trend for those who don’t weigh 105kg as I do.



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To those of you without teenage sons, I salute you! Here’s the minimalist living room I would have if I could.



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Of course, minimalism doesn’t have to be all white. The beauty of the genre is that colours really staaaand oooouuut.


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