The basics of minimalism
Minimalism is one of the most interesting, sophisticated and striking architecture trends of recent times, giving people a space that reflects a lot of tranquility and spatiality. Minimalism has been one of the preferred approaches for people to apply it in their life, since it is understood more as a philosophy, than as a simple way of designing. Today, it is used at home, in the way we dress, in the objects we use, ways of thinking, in the workplace, among others. In the workplace we are going to approach it with a sensory approach since a space designed in this way can influence the feelings that people experience, creating benefits when working in an office.
The origins of minimalism
Minimalism is a trend that emerged in the 1960s with origins in Europe, thanks to the prestigious German architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, recognized today as one of the most important architects of the 20th century. This architect, together with Lilly Reich who was a German designer, built the first minimalist architectural work in 1929, named “The German Pavilion”, to represent Germany at the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona.
The Pavilion was conceived as an enclosure of modest dimensions and refined materials. Glass, steel and four kinds of marble were destined to house the official reception presided over by King Alfonso XIII together with the German authorities.
Known as one of the most relevant works of modern architecture, the pavilion is characterized by the radical simplicity of its spatial organization and forms. The originality in the use of materials, always highlighted in the work, does not lie in their novelty but in the ideal of modernity they represented (Zuleta, 2011).
This work was unfortunately demolished by order of the German government after the closing of this event. The now non-existent building was studied and interpreted by architects from all over the world with the help of original plans, black and white images and the testimony of those who had visited it in order to reconstruct the work.
It was in the 70’s that minimalism reached maturity; being contrary to the ornate styles of the time such as Pop Art and the emergence of the hippie movement. Minimalism influenced not only design and architecture, but also painting, fashion, and music.
This approach to architecture has captivated many people, especially so-called millennials as it is a simple, refined and timeless style.
What characterizes minimalism?
Minimalism tends to reduce material expression to the essential and to use clear geometric shapes. It has become a tendency to go against consumer attitudes, its central axis being living with what is indispensable, under a rational, environmentalist and simple conscience. Mies van der Rohe’s phrase “less is more” is based on the above, which inspired a strong interest in what we know today as minimalism and dictated contemporary aesthetics, both in design and architecture.
Minimalism means simplifying the decoration or architecture, eliminating superfluous elements, thereby giving a sense of purity and class.
What are the fundamental elements of minimalism?
Colors for minimalist designs usually target monochromatic colors that are all colors of a single hue or tone. Whites are the color par excellence since they project a feeling of light and spaciousness as well as giving an air of cleanliness to the environment.
Gray is the second most used color, with light colors being the ones that stand out the most. Other colors that can be used are beige, orange, yellow and green tones, as long as they respect the perception of simplicity and tranquility that minimalism wants to project.
You cannot miss black, which, because it is a dark color, gives contrast and depth and is also the color par excellence to project an elegant, modern and well-off environment.
Why minimalism in the work environment?
Balance and harmony always go hand in hand with the minimalist style, with the intention of achieving a feeling of tranquility and isolation in the face of the high levels of stress that we suffer from day to day.
This style ensures that people are not distracted by the excess of ornaments in the office, giving them a pleasant, open and dynamic environment to develop at work.This is achieved thanks to the simplicity of the minimalist forms that allows our mind to focus on what is important and necessary.
Minimalist design enhances spaces for relaxation and meditation by projecting architecture and design as a place worthy of admiration, motivating people to feel free, have greater fluidity of thought, enhance creativity and communication with their peers creating a healthy and exhilarating in the office.
Finally, minimalism has been an artistic and philosophical trend used to increase people’s happiness, focusing on what really matters, giving greater importance to the simplicity and authenticity of life.
So why not dare to design your office with a minimalist approach? Micheron Studio is a specialist in minimalist architecture and design, we focus on providing the client with the sense of spatiality and optimization they occupy, emphasizing projecting a sense of innovation and contemporaneity.