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Dependance House

Using similar construction and materials to that of a nice garden shed, this nice little studio sized house adds a minimal and well lit element to the the shed style residence. Facing one direction is a large format window which frames a nice view and keeps the house connected to it’s natural surroundings. The use of industrial grade materials and the simple utilitarian details are perfect in this design by SPEDstudio.

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Nonspace

Artist Emily Grundon has shot a series of photographs, which look at the architectural details and intricacies of the spaces in which art is displayed and exhibited. In Nonspace she highlights the little things most of us would miss when we are in a museum or art gallery. Busy encountering a space in it’s intended purpose we often miss the most interesting or telling details. These photos capture light and shadow, which are often in art criticism some of the most important aspects of art.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Mr. T

Kieser Spath’s concept for a clothing rail, perfectly named Mr. T the construction is a ultra minimal design using two wooden t-shaped verticals with a metal rod spanning the space between them. The rail is available in two sizes and can be easily taken apart and here is the real genius. It can be store flat.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Ogaki House

With an interesting triangular shape this house stands out from it’s surrounding, but that was not the goal. The design is meant to differ strong crosswinds that occur in the winter. Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates the interior has a great rustic minimalism from the cohesive use of wood. The court yard in the center of the house also adds a lot of light into the middle of the house, and also a little bit of nature.

(via TheArchHive »)

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Carvalhal Guest House

Guest House designed by Paratelier architects in Carvalhal, Portugal is a nice take on a beach or vacation house. The construction is a modular of three sections divided into, one for living, storage and parking.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Unitportables

It seems pretty common for a bag or luggage manufacture to make a set or system that has the same look and feel, but in this case Unitportables has taken it to a different and better place. Their ultra minimalist bag system all works together to create a multi function bag with tons of little pockets and compartments specifically designed for things like power adapters and iPads. Available in series of monochrome options including my favorite, all black. Their website says there are more products soon, and I excited to see what those end up being.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


Shakujiidai Y House

Many of the great architectural wonders I come across these days are duty to the size restrictions of the building lot. On top of that many are from in and around Tokyo where open space is scarce. The Skuhujii Y House has taken it’s design upward, by maximizing the vertical space Ikeda Yukie architects were able to create a very open and airy interior with some great nooks. There is also a little loft nested up at the very top of the house.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Carapicuiba House

Architects Angelo Bucci and Alvaro Puntoni designed the Carapicuiba House in Carapicuíba, which is a suburb of São Paulo Brazil. The house using deliberately placed rectangles of concrete and glass creates this amazing stacked structure with plenty of protected outdoor space.

(via CONTEMPORIST »)

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Braun Watches

In my opinion this is one of the best product re-releases of all time. Braun has always been a leader in perfectly minimalist designs and highly functional technology. These watches were co-designed by the godfather of minimalist product design and chief of design for Braun from 1961 to 1995 Dieter Rams. I am also sort of a Dieter Rams fanatic, so these watches are right up my alley. The designs featured on these watches reflect many of the timeless designs we have seen in the Braun time collection over the years. You can purchase these watches over at the awesome minimalist goods retailer Vetted Shop.


Sol Lewitt Retrospective

Sol Lewitt has always been one of my favorite artists, especially of all the folks in the post modernist movement. It isn’t that I find his pieces overly compelling. His approach to art making was highly original and although it does share some similarities with Andy Warhol and his mass production applied to art making, I think Lewitt does one thing that makes his work so much richer is the idea that the end product is not the art. Creating an often vague instruction of how to create on of his pieces. So anyone who has the instructions can create the piece and each one will always slightly vary from the other. This process based art has influenced so many people to come after. Even this whole making movement that has swept the globe as of late is in the wake of Sol Lewitt and his legacy.

In the exhibition I was most captivated by the videos and photographs of the process of fabricating the exhibit and the paintings. The instructions that were displayed next to some of the pieces in addition to the wall painting number were also awesome. The instructions, however vague being more integral to the piece of art than the final product.

The opening of the Sol Lewitt Retrospective also marked the completion and opening of building #7 at MASS Moca. Don’t worry though you have the next twenty five years to make it up there, as the exhibition is committed there for that long at the least.

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Transitional by Zecc Architecten

Having a workspace that also has open space when you need it is usually a luxury we can’t afford. This studio designed by Zecc Architecten for Heldergroen does this perfectly. By employing a counter weighted pully system they were able to make their desks disappear up into the ceiling opening the entire space up for whatever fun things you can think of. Make sure to check out the video of the space in action after the jump.

(via M Stetson »)

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New Roof in Porto

Barbosa & Guimarães Architects have really done a beautiful job here. Instead of just renovating they opted to put a whole new roof on. This apartment was that roof.

(via Architizer »)

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Housing in the Born Refurbishment

Small spaces always intrigue me. The restrictions of the design to create a sense of open space and flow and the way organization can make or break the design is such a challenge. I am not really sure about the name of this apartment. It may be an inaccurate translation, but that aside the use of simple materials and a strategically placed series of lofted spaces really makes this design. Amazing to note that this renovation by ARCHITECTURE-G is only 34 square meters, equivalent to about 365 square feet.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Matthias Heiderich: Snow Blind

Now that the snow is passed and the sun is out it is a little easier to see the absolute serenity of these images. The washed out color palette and the blurry abstraction of shapes. The set is aptly named Snow Blind. Photographer Matthias Heidrich captures such interesting compositions and details of the winter landscape while omitting so much from what the eye would normally pick up.

(via Design Work Life »)

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W35

Norwegian architect Marianne Borge designed this great little cabin called W35, which stands for Woody 35 meters square. The end product is exactly that. A simple no frills holiday escape made out of low maintenance local woods within the confines a 35 meter square parameter. With an awesome fireplace to gather around and a vast expanse of deck heading out to the water this would be a choice place to spend a few summer months.

(via ArchDaily »)

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José María Sánchez García

This is by far the most unique concept and executed design for a building that I have seen in a very long time. The birds eye view of this place is surreal. Because of the buildings location and it’s shape being a perfect circle it looks totally impossible. Designed by José María Sánchez García, it is an athletic technology and research center.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

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Horizontal House

Eastern Design Office designed this super unique house design that reminds me of futuristic interpretations of trains and transportation from the 1940′s and 1950′s. Called Horizontal House. The layout creates one of the most interesting architectural details I have seen in quite a while. Where the two main sections of the house meet there is a rounded corner with a curved pane of glass that matches the shape of the corner. When you stand facing the corner you get this surreal vantage point. You can see the entire courtyard and down both hallways within the house simultaneously.

(via SUBTILITAS »)


Areaware Wooden Animals

The situation of children’s toys always seems to leave a bit to be desired. When I come across an awesome toy, or in this case set of toys, that are aesthetically beautiful, durable and great for laying of course. Design and durability are something I feel should be on parent’s minds when shopping for toys. That said this set by AREAWARE really are awesome.

(via Stickers and Stuff »)


CHICO: by Atelier KUU

CHICO is a designer store for dogs and their owners in Shizuoka, Japan. Designed by Nobuo Kumazara, of Atelier Kuu, this shop truly exemplifies their aesthetic sensibilities and skills. The elegance and serenity exhibited by their designs add a layer of comfort to minimalism that is awesome. I know my little man Ernest and I would have great time shopping here, I might lose track of him on the concrete floors though. The dog house shaped dog door that exits out onto grass area for the pups to play is probably the most amazing detail.

(via Spoon & Tamago »)

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Tea House

I meant to post this along time ago, but it just sort of floated in my drafts until today. This design for a Tea House by David Jameson Architects is an amazing act of simplicity. The minimalist approach truly does justice to the history and practice of tea as it is done in Japan. I also really appreciate this building from the standpoint of it being a great solution to designing a simple and small out building. Albeit the huge i-beams seem a tad excessive.

(via NOTCOT »)

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