Chair Crazy: Everything Has Its Place, Including Minimalism

Initially, Minimalism evolved from a movement in the arts with painting, sculpture, drama and music. It is said to have come about after the chaos of World War 2 and the then-popular movement of Abstract Expressionism. The term minimalist usually refers to anything that is spare or stripped to its essentials. It is about simplicity, order, restraint, reduction.

As is a frequent occurrence, this movement has been adopted by interior designers, and to this day, remains an inspiring, trendy way to style your home or office.
This style philosophy has often been associated with over-styled affluence and designer tribe chic, however, as happens with anything aspirational and trendy, the concept has endlessly been reinvented, and is now very much ‘what you make of it’. Like everything these days, it is a style that contains multiple options within it. This philosophy, much like its genesis, is a reaction to the chaos of modern life. It promotes the creation of a sanctuary from the cacophony, the stress, and the clutter in the world, and exudes a sense of order, serenity, a heightened sense of clarity – a place where you can relax, be yourself, and be happy.
Minimalism in interior design is all about clarity of purpose. Everything is styled with intent and allows for little to no distraction. This however, does not mean that it is without life or soul. In fact renowned British designer, John Pawson, conceivably the godfather of this architectural and interior genre, wrote about “the power and purity” of minimalism and the “excitement of empty space.” Have a look at some images of minimalist spaces and you will see just how inspiring they can be.

There is a real art to creating spaces that boast no excess, but still exude warmth and beauty and comfort. The idea is to consciously invest in just a few really great pieces, then fine-tune every detail – the style of a frame, the shape of a lampshade, the finish on the floor. Here are some ways to approach this genre with your own architecture and designs:

1. Simplicity in form and function

2. Uncomplicated cladding & wall finishes

3. Clean, open, light-spaces

4. Simple detailing devoid of decoration

5. Strategic use of materials for visual interest, texture, and personality Chair Crazy offers a variety of chairs that suit this style, whether they are part of the clean, serene look and feel, or a special piece, that is as much a statement as it is functional.

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