Today minimalism is more than just art and architecture movement. It is a mindset.
Phycologists confirm that people who have quick senses of the chaos of modern life find a solution in minimalism philosophy. They try to escape from chaos and fuss by means of putting their homes in order. Minimalists declutter houses and enjoying harmony created at home.
Philosophy of minimalism as a way of life have become popular at the end of 20th – beginning of 21st century.
Minimalism takes its roots from japanese traditionalism and zen.
Japanese mentality teaches to accept life as given and therefore not subject to proof and analyze. For them simplicity is a sign of positive attitude and wealth.
“Simplicity is about having less which allows to find a way to the essence of the things”. Dominique Loreau
Zen also is about essence. Zen-buddhism appeared in China and was widely spread in japanese culture.
“Truth is directly in font of your eyes. That’s all. What else do you want? Is not it enough?” Zen-buddhism follower.
Philosophy of simplicity and essentialism and desire to stay close to the nature determine style of traditional japanese house which has empty walls and floor, no pretty pretties, inbuilt furniture and natural materials.
It reminds modern principles of minimalistic design:
- natural materials: steel, wood, stones, glass
- simplification of externals
- a lot of empty space
The roots os minimalism as a style are founded in the art of 20th century. And appearance of style itself is connected with motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe “Less is more”.
Minimalism is about beauty in simple geometrical forms, parallels, right angels. This style cultivate classical simplicity of proportions and space without clutter in combination with high-tony textures of finish materials.
After World War when people finally got opportunity to buy different things they were obsessed to create coziness at home with plenty of pretty pretties. And few decades after in 1960-1970th prosperity of minimalism in art and architecture have started as a result of glut of wealth.
Minimization of staff which we own and cost optimization is becoming more and more important today.
We get used to blow off resources owing too many material goods. Producers milk our appetite for consumption and sell us things which quickly go duff. At the end we have to consume more which means bigger production and it leads to higher water and air pollution.
More and more people realize the danger of global ecological catastrophe. This give rise to tendency of conscious rejection from excesses and natural materials preference.
Speedup of today life, excessive impressions and information lead to high demand for becalm interiors which have nothing more than necessary.
Minimalists don’t like heap of things and events. They strive to organize everything around themselves including their thoughts.
Minimalism is not just ascetic interior. It is a life style.