Japanese minimalist design and the influence of traditional Zen art
Minimalism is often associated with Japanese traditional Zen-style design. Zen style arts and design focuses on eliminating any unnecessary frills or decors. These arts are often described as aesthetics of subtraction, because they let boundless beauty and abundance emerge from less, rather than from more. Enormous creative power is poured into identifying and removing everything unnecessary, whether it’s element, dimension, shape, size, space, amount, or color. In Zen-style arts, single line or single element can exhibit boundless potential.
If you want to introduce Zen-taste minimalist design, what are the tips? There are several very distinct elements in Zen aesthetics, which are often equal to traditional Japanese aesthetics (read more about Japanese aesthetics including Zen arts). The important point is that ultimately, Japanese aesthetics are also about becoming keenly conscious about our relationship with nature. Such consciousness reveals itself through our behaviors. You may remember that the traditional Japanese minimalist design, or Zen design, is the one that inspires you to concentrate on your behavior and your surroundings. It’s a lot more than the minimalist appearance.