Article from the 2016-06-22, by Caren Schwenke, translated from the German by Laura James
Minimalism is paring - with designer classics, cool tones and materials like concrete and marble, create new trends for your home.
The minimalist trend for home design was accompanied by the motto ‘simplify your life’. This means above all, paring down to the essentials. The perfect lifestyle for all purists and minimalists is plain, simple and functional. A clear style meets sophisticated functionality. This trend is especially appealing for all interior design enthusiasts who value timeless pieces of furniture. The straightforward and pure design is still modern - and will be for generations to come. The minimalist lifestyle and creating space - how does it work!
Brands like Vitra, Hay and Stelton are well-known for their classics. High design classics are in themselves unobtrusive and timeless – you will still be as excited ten years down the line, as you were on the first day. With Eames Plastic Side Chair by Vitra, the organically shaped seat combined with the clean lines of the stainless steel legs create a minimalist design. The hard plastic and stainless steel provide a certain coolness and sportiness - so the focus is on the function of chair. The great thing about designer classics: You can combine different objects with each other, without losing the minimalist look.
With interior design trends, the furniture is the centre of attention - therefore the colours should be discreet. The colours you should look out for are: from white through grey, to black – with these, the cool tones remain in the background, whereas the function of design furniture is emphasized. White furniture, such as Pocket shelf by String, gives the room a light and airy effect, while the black highlights the features. The black cafetiere by Stelton - placed on a white table – is a real eye-catcher. To make the contrast softer, choose different accessories in grey and cream tones – any tone from the grey and cream palette will work towards giving your room more depth. Among the Scandinavian manufacturers, Menu and Muuto offer you a variety of subtle accessories - perfect for the reduced look!
The design is parried to the essentials - so the objects speak for themselves, and you can focus on the clean lines. True to the motto "form follows function”, the Yeh wall -Table by Menu is plain and simple. Its pure design gives the impression that it is melting into the wall – creating even more lightness to the room. Our tip: Choose geometric shapes - these provide clarity and structure the space.
With functional minimalism comes the use of cool materials such as glass, stainless steel, marble and concrete. Purist drinking glasses like the water and highball glass by A di Alessi creates lightness on the table, while stainless steel is elegant and can look sporty depending on the matting. The Mini Kelvin LED Table Lamp by Flos combines these two attributes perfectly. Materials such as marble or concrete emphasize the features - so an urban touch is breathed into the cool interior. To break the clean lines slightly, arrange playful objects around like the Cloud toilet paper holder or Lyon concrete. The high-quality processing of these materials ensures the longevity of the products – so your designer furniture can be enjoyed in the future too.
It is not that difficult to implement the new interior design trend „functional minimalism“. First clear a space, de-clutter, and opt for a few but high-quality design classics - these never go out of style and adapt to pretty much any room. Arrange functional, well thought out accessories in cool tones such as grey or black with hard materials such as concrete, marble and stainless steel. Pay attention to the right balance between light and dark. The more white furniture you have, the more your space will look light and airy- dark colours provide structure and give the room depth. Try it out!
Photo 1: Julia Lange, Bildschoenes