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Sep 24, 2008


I was running through some of the older posts on this blog today when I noticed how unusually minimalist - I really do mean 'empty' - most of the home interiors in Japan are.

Frankly, I can appreciate minimalism as a way of thought (and life). And you bet I respect John Pawson a lot. After all, didn't they all claim 'less is more'? Doesn't less clutter means less mess and even lesser maintenance? Getting rid of anything that is extra or unnecessary ought to be a good way to reduce stress from us all, right?

Yet when it comes to the execution of a minimalist theme for living, I'm not completely sold on the idea. Stark, unfilled spaces bother me too much.

Not that I've met a client who requested for a pure minimalist look (as opposed to, say Hong Kong architect Steve Leung's more homely versions) for his or her home yet, but I can imagine the look I'll propose will never fit into the convention of what we've come to call minimalism, if I ever get such a request. I like colors and some form of decoration knick-knacks too much to be seen as a minimalist, ha.

Till this point, I'm not saying the Japanese architects who sparked off this post have done anything wrong - aesthetic is highly subjective. I just don't happen to belong to that clique.

What about the rest of you? Is minimalism for you?


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Lisa Renee said...

I think minimalism is definitely good in theory, and I am often impressed with and enjoy looking at minimalist spaces.
But, when it comes to reality, I think it would be difficult for the everyday person to really live in a minimalist space. I know I couldnt.

berry said...

I sometimes crave a minimalist lifestlye, be it in the way I live or decor my place. But it's by no way an easy one to upkeep, contrary to what you said 'lesser maintenance'.

I think 'less is hard'. Why? Imagine having to make sure all the colors of the books you buy fit into the decor. Or making sure clothes are not hung or placed everywhere in the house. Or making sure those dog hair will be swept up promptly just because any little bit of dirt will show.

Minimalism sounds good on paper and looks good in coffee table decoration books, but to adopt it into your life takes serious consideration.

Just a penny of my thoughts.

John said...

I am trying to move more that way. I have set a goal to get rid of a lot of stuff over the next 3 months. At the end of our lives, how important will all of that stuff be?

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine why anyone would want to live in a white, stark environment. Clutter-free is good in a way, but everything should be done in moderation. If you step over the line, things can look cold and too 'planned'. Hey we are living in a home, not a show house.