Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minimalism in our everyday lives.

I first came across minimalism as a philosophy in my college days when it was a fancy word used by website designers, furniture makers and post-modern artists.  Back then I could not fully wrap my head around the concept of minimalism.  Why are these people using so few things in their work when they can easily add just some more? It took me time to figure it out, but as I work on bringing simplicity into my life, I get it a little at a time.

What is minimalism?

A school of thought which embraces simplicity and function above all else, be it in design, art or even our everyday life.

It wants to strip away all the superficial ornamental layers and what we are left with is pure aesthetic design and functionality.

Why minimalism?

Our modern lifestyle focuses on accumulating more and more things, sometimes things that we rarely use or do not need at all.  Minimalist lifestyle focuses on using elements that are essential, well-designed, and above all functional.

How can we incorporate it in our living space?

Minimalism is not cleaning out the desk and putting a nice clean vase in the middle, it is not clearing out the shelves and wardrobe and throwing away things we do not need anymore.  It is how we design our limited living space with modular furniture which is aesthetically pleasing as well as essential.

Bottom line.

Minimalism is doing more for less.

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery French writer

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