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5ive Objects: The Art of Minimalism in Functional Designs

The trend of minimalism in functional design is all about creating items that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing. This trend is informed by a recognition that our everyday objects...

Minimalism in design is about much more than just simplicity. It's about stripping down design to its most essential elements, eliminating unnecessary components and celebrating the bare-bones beauty of the functional. It's a philosophy that asserts that less is indeed more, and in the realm of functional design, this philosophy is beautifully brought to life. Whether it's bookends, wall hooks, or knobs, each piece serves a purpose, and yet each piece is an exploration of form and space.

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The Trend of Minimalism in Functional Designs

The trend of minimalism in functional design is all about creating items that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing. This trend is informed by a recognition that our everyday objects should not only serve practical needs but also contribute to the overall beauty and style of our spaces. Minimalist functional design emphasizes clean lines, simple forms, and a lack of ornamental excess. The result is objects that are inherently beautiful in their simplicity and functionality.

 

Functional items like bookends, wall hooks, and knobs are perfect examples of this trend. A bookend, for example, is not just a tool to hold up books; in the hands of a minimalist designer, it becomes a statement piece that brings a sense of calm and order to a bookshelf. Similarly, wall hooks and knobs, often overlooked in terms of design, can become focal points in a room, adding character and style while serving their practical purposes.

"In the essence of minimalism, we find the true spirit of functional design." - Tanya Tessier, Mararamiro Founder.

This trend is gaining traction around the world, with many designers and consumers recognizing the value of simplicity in design and the beauty that can come from stripping an object down to its most basic elements. It's a trend that challenges us to rethink our notions of what is essential and invites us to appreciate the beauty of simplicity.

 

If you're intrigued by the elegance of minimalism in functional design, we invite you to explore the images of products listed below. These pieces embody the principles of minimalistic design and prove that functionality and aesthetics can indeed go hand in hand. Each item is more than just a practical tool—it's a piece of art that speaks to the beauty of simplicity. As Tanya Tessier, our founder, once said, "In the essence of minimalism, we find the true spirit of functional design."

FAUNA Wall Hook

 

Inspired by the mountain ranges in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, glimpsed on a golden hour hike, the FAUNA Wall Hook embraces all that is natural. As the illuminated range peaked over meadows of wild flowers, the FAUNA Wall Hook took shape: feminine, timeless, strong and organic.

 

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Nia Large Bud Vase

 

For Whirl & Whittle’s debut studio collection, Your Scars Are Beautiful, the Ottawa-based designer consciously chose unpredictable wood pieces — such as spalted beech. Spalting is a form of wood coloration caused by fungi. It predominantly occurs in dead trees but can also occur in living trees undergoing stress. Simple, sleek, and functional.

 

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Light Ancient Side Plate

 

This organic side plate was hand built using off white Canadian sandy clay by Of The Earth, with satin clear glaze applied with a sea sponge. This piece is beautiful as a burn tray to hold smudge sticks or as a stand alone sculptural element, adding interest to a shelf or coffee table arrangement.

 

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CERCLE Knob Small

 

Embracing geometric shapes inspired by the elements, the CERCLE Knob Small eschews the unnecessary and elevates the playful; its form suggests hand-crafted jewelry. It’s delicate yet strong profile makes it a perfect addition to cabinets and small drawers.

 

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FROOOT Bowl

 

FROOOT reimagines the bowl of fruit into a fun and modern object. Moulded resin draws design cues from geometric tubes to form an oversized and inflated fruit bowl. Its translucent velvet-like surface and playful form invites touch; use as intended, as a tray, or as an eye-catching objet d’art.

 

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