Articles related to “Minimalist”

TAKEO Paper Show: SUBTLE

TAKEO Paper Show “SUBTLE” was originally held in 2014 in Japan as part of the exhibition series that has been ...
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Takeo Paper Show: Kenya Hara – Packaging for Pierre Herme’s “Ispahan”

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who often uses paper as an architectural material, describes the beauty of paper as “frozen liquidity.” ...
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Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi: 60th Anniversary Exhibition

The iconic Butterfly Stool designed by Sori Yanagi (1915 – 2011), which is part of the permanent collections of both ...
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Consciously small: MUJI Toothbrush

Our mouths are small. Our teeth are small. Yet most toothbrushes are made big. You may say, “Mine is not ...
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Chapter 3-3: Small is engaging – MUJI toothbrush stand

Bonsai forms a bridge between humans and the vastness of nature using the power of smallness – the power to ...
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Chapter 3-5: MUJI House – Edit your own life style

In the previous post, we reviewed the Tai-an, a 3.6 square-meters rustic tea hut (chashitsu) designed by Sen no Rikyu ...
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Chapter 4: Abundance by absence

In Chapter 1-3, we discussed the "power of zero" and its manifestation through the act of "subtraction (Chapter 2)" and ...
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Tadao Ando: A wild beast that refuses to be tamed

Top image: The Koshino residence designed by Tadao Ando in 1981. photo by Kazunori Fujimoto via CC BY-ND 2.0 Tadao ...
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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 4-3: Absence in business – Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

In the previous post, we reviewed how absence stirs our internal potential such as the ability to hear, memorize or ...
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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 2-4: Effect of subtraction on your satisfaction

What does subtraction really do to us? Imagine the situation where you receive satisfaction from an external stimulus. In this ...
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Chapter 2-5: Is sushi cuisine of subtraction?

Images above: Japanese traditional cuisine by Yukiko Yamamoto via CC BY 2.0 In the previous posts, we have discussed how ...
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Chapter 1-8: Nagata farming method and the power of zero

It’s difficult to motivate ourselves to begin subtracting pleasure. For example, we all know that overeating is not good for ...
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Chapter 2-6: What is deliciousness by the way?

In the previous post, we reviewed how our definition of “deliciousness,” which is largely determined by our taste system, has ...
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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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Chapter 2-8: Sparking joy by subtracion – decluttering and minimalists

There is also an emerging movement of “decluttering” and pursuing a minimalist lifestyle, which is a pretty radical form of ...
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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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