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Less is More

Today the word ‘Minimalist’ is often used to describe a wide range of topics from art and fashion to architecture and interior design, to even a way of life. So, what is minimalism? The best way to understand that is to go back to the beginning of it all.

Minimalism is an art movement that was started and developed by architects and designers who saw beauty in the simplest of forms. They wanted you to notice and feel what wasn’t there as much as what was there.


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Minimalism is a style or technique as in literature, music or design that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity. Today the influence of minimalism is everywhere maybe even right in front of you. Minimalist design pioneers such as Gerrit Rietveld, Tadao Ando and Ludwig Mies Van Der paved the way for this influential style.

Image Credits: Maria Brunn

Here are some iconic furniture designs that encompass the essence of minimalism. The famous adage “Less is more” originated with midcentury German-American master Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe—although some say it is his mentor, German designer Peter Behrens, who deserves the credit. However one cannot take away his contribution to the art movement. Take his iconic Barcelona chair (1929); it’s as sleek as can be but was always rather expensive to produce, and its tufted, leather-clad cushions were crafted for royalty (quite literally for the king and queen of Spain).

Image Credits: Ludwig Mie Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair By   Pamono

One of the most widely revered proponents of minimalist design is German designer Dieter Rams. “Good design is as little design as possible,” he wrote in his Ten Principles for Good Design. “Less, but better—because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity; back to simplicity.”

Image Credits: Dieter Rams’s 620 Chair Program Vitsoe

Japanese studio Nendo, led by Oki Sato, started making design waves and remains one of the most sought after talents on the international design scene today. His signature style includes using monochromatic palettes, reduced forms, and even transparency to tremendous effect.

Image Credits: The Thin Black Line Collection By Nendo.


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At Russet we have a deep passion for the vibrant, artisanal traditions of India. Our design philosophy is to make hand crafted furniture pieces reimagined for the modern connoisseur.


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