Articles related to “Minimalist”

Tadao Ando: A wild beast that refuses to be tamed

Top image: Koshino residence designed by Tadao Ando in 1981. photo by Kazunori Fujimoto via CC BY-ND 2.0 Tadao Ando ...
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Church of the Light by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando's "Endeavor" (Sep 27 -Dec 18, 2017), is a large-scale, special exhibit celebrating the 10th anniversary of The National ...
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Chapter 1: Power of Zero

We live in a commercialized world where “more” is highly rated.  Consumers seek to maximize their satisfaction by acquiring more ...
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Chapter 1-2: Full because it’s empty

The inspiration for zero = abundance first came from the outdoor apparel brand, Patagonia, well known for its high quality ...
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Chapter 2-5: Subtraction on taste – how do we determine deliciousness?

In the previous posts, we discussed how the act of subtraction influences our sensory system and the way we feel ...
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Chapter 1-8: Nagata farming method and the power of zero

But it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to start subtracting pleasure. For example, we all know that overeating is not good ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 4: House is a work of art

“A House is a work of art.” It is a famous declaration made by a maverick and legendary Japanese architect ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 5: From closed to open

In Chapter 4: "A House is a work of art," the exhibit "The Japanese House" reviewed Japan in the 60's ...
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Zen minimalism in modern design: catalyst for happiness (1)

You may have observed several key elements that constitute Japanese aesthetics from the pictures in the previous post, but in ...
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Happiness through the lens of Minimalists

Can we become happier and freer by giving up our belongings?  As counter-intuitive as it sounds, minimalists claim we definitely ...
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MUJI capped gel-ink ballpoint pen

"Simple design" for stationery supplies can get tricky, because simplification - or rather streamlining - is often applied to the ...
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MUJI solar cooking scale – inspiring everyday product

We subconsciously categorize products we purchase into two groups: cool or nice-looking products we want to display and show off, ...
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“Simplify!” Steve Jobs’ relentless quest for Zen design

It is well known that Steve Jobs practiced Zen. It influenced his design philosophy and is reflected in Apple's minimalist, ...
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MUJI Passive house

We use energy in the home to keep the indoor temperature comfortable: not too hot, not too cold, even if ...
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MUJI “Wood House” model home in Kanagawa, Japan

The “Tiny house” is going mainstream.  That was one of the main themes at Dwell on Design 2017, held in ...
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Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu)

Katsura Rikyu (Katsura Imperial Villa) is often considered as the culmination of Japanese traditional architecture.  It was built as a ...
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The MOMAT Exhibition: The Japanese House – Architecture and Life after 1945 –

If you are interested in Japanese architecture, design or aesthetics, you should check out the landmark exhibition  “The Japanese House: ...
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Dwell on design 2017: Small is beautiful

It seems like tiny house is no longer a fad.  At Dwell on design 2017, tiny spaces were everywhere. And ...
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Paleo Diet: why does the Stone Age matter?

It’s a bit mesmerizing trying to imagine what our hunter-gatherer ancestors were eating thousands or tens of thousands years ago, ...
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The Zen of Minimalism: How Minimal Design is a Catalyst for Happiness

While the life style trend to become a “minimalist” is relatively new, the word “minimalism” has been around for quite ...
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MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

In the previous article, I identified “small,” “agile,” ”mobile,” and ”temporary” as key aesthetics in next generation architecture.  It is ...
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Yoshino Cedar House x Airbnb: True sharing enabled by “people”

Yoshino Cedar House is a partnership between Airbnb and Yoshino Town, Nara, Japan. Yoshino is famous for the Yoshino sugi ...
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MUJI Oak Bench: Minimalist, agile and versatile

Our daily life is supported by many single-purpose products.  The bed is for sleeping, the table is for eating or ...
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Discover the aesthetics of “less is more”

Slowly, but steadily, the idea of “less is more” is spreading.  The magic of tidying-up and decluttering is gaining momentum ...
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Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

IKEA’s “Better Shelter” has been awarded the Beazley Design of the Year award, presented by the Design Museum in London.  ...
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