Modest Minimalism

“When one thinks of minimalism, the capital “M” design movement that came to prominence in the late 1960s typically springs to mind. From visually austere work by artists like Donald Judd to the spartan interiors and home decor championed by brands like Muji, the term Minimalism has heretofore been associated with distinctly Modernist forms and materials. If recent shifts in design currents are any indication, though, people are becoming interested in reinvestigating and reinterpreting the meaning of this term.

With ventures like The New Minimalism or shops like The Primary Essentials coming to the fore, we are now seeing a new way in which artists, designers, and homeowners are engaging with the less-is-more impulses of minimalism; one that places emphasis not on industrial materials or luxurious appointments, but the storied imperfections of the handmade and handed-down. What seems to be a rejection against the “pile it high and sell it cheap” mentality of modern life, this development showcases a desire to live with less by assigning more meaning and consideration to a small collection of important, treasured objects.” –

These days, minimalism is about modesty. Clean lines that mirror a clean spirit, a soulful approach that is anti-materialist, functional and purposeful. The catch-phrase “Modest Minimalism” is apropos for generations that have lived through a recession, found ways to make it work, and now want to incorporate some of that conscious ingenuity into their living space.

Singular pieces of art become the focal point in modest minimalism. Stark environs make the pieces pop and create a palpable vibe of art-centered aesthetics.

White walls let geometric shapes pop and once again draw eyes to art, this time in the form of a sculptural piece. The “less-is-more” ideation helps make the space look larger and more intentional.

This Spartan Table showcases the power of shape, by leaving details by the wayside. Big shapes create impact on an otherwise “plain” table.