June 8th, 2015
Minimalist design has often been distinguished by the appreciation of what is not present in our visual stimulus. True, yet some home designers have taken a different approach to this art form. A recurring trend found in pop culture and other social phenomena is homage to the vintage.
So, what exactly might that mean?
Fashion trends from generations prior have continued to influence modern culture; now, it’s permeating our homes. Hand-me-down furniture and upholstery have given new meaning to “less is more.”
The roots of the minimalist movement trace back to the 1960’s, a time of cultural frenzy and social upheaval. Gone were the days of standardization; rally the troops of the new era.
Since then, minimalist interior design has embraced materials of modernity, appointing such homes to be of luxury without much furnish. It was a way of saying “less space used is more money.”
Now, there’s a bit of a problem there.
If minimalism was born in a revolutionary time, then why would people invest in making their homes as financially luxurious as the social elite?
Contemporary designers have responded.
Instead of stressing so much on “less” material for “more” space for the mind to wander, these designers have made “more” out of “less” palatial furnishing. What we are seeing is a developing trend of minimal placement of handmade/vintage furniture throughout our homes, and making these antiquated objects available for everyday use.
The essence of minimalism has not been abandoned in this unique interpretation. Rather, it has been given more meaning. We can make more out of living with less things to go around, especially if they are meaningful to us.
Check out the article for great minimalist ideas for your home: http://www.designsponge.com/2015/03/trend-watch-modest-minimalism.html