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Minimalissimo Magazine Nº2

In Minimalissimo’s second excursion into print media, they share design and voices leading the “more with less” movement. The volume is focused on insights from some of the team’s favorite creative minds; there is an incredible mix of minds throughout the volume. Featuring discussions with renewed creators who’ve reached great heights in their careers, and also worthy minimalist makers with plenty of potential to enrich our understanding of design and art.

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Minimalissimo Nº2 explores areas of minimalism we appreciate the most, including the timeless architectural dwellings by John Pawson, the enticing fashion photography of Paul Jung, and the precise product and furniture design by Oki Sato. These works will speak to you in different ways and for different reasons.

The interviews you’ll read might throw up some surprising responses your way, but that’s partly what makes them compelling, especially if you’re already familiar with their work.

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Within the following features, design becomes more than physical objects or structure, more than exemplary work. These designs are ultimately about how they are conceived, how they are used, and the effect they have on our everyday lives.

Aquire Minimalissimo Nº2 here.

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Fall Winter 2016 Lookbook | håndværk

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Our Cotton Knit Sweater is a necessary contemporary basic with impeccable quality; the timeless design will endure season after season. The mid-weight material makes the piece perfect for a range of climates – wear it as a layering piece over a shirt in Fall and under a coat in cooler months.

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Our impeccably crafted Cotton Knit Cardigan is a worthy investment for the cooler months. This mid-weight version is knitted from super premium Flamed Mercerized Peruvian Pima cotton yarn, which gives the piece a lustrous appearance. The Mercerization process also increased fiber strength and affinity to dye, allowing us to achieve deep Dark Navy and Black hues.

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Distinguished by impeccable craftsmanship, our long sleeve Cotton Knit Polo has endless styling potential and lays the foundation for a well-stocked wardrobe. It has a supremely soft handle and comfortable regular fit; finished with ribbed trims, charcoal natural Mother of Peal buttons.

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Inspired by our founder’s recent trips to Japan, this pocket t shirt is constructed from a heavy-weight jersey fabric knitted with 2 independent 30/1 yarns in parallel; made from premium combed Peruvian cotton. An innovative fabric with a smooth hand, and more than double the weight of a traditional t shirt, destined to last decades.

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We are best known for crafting reliable essentials that slot seamlessly into your casual lineup, and these French Terry Shorts are no exception. A perfect choice for the gym, but look equally smart teamed with a polo shirt on the weekend.

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Our sole mission is to create luxurious basics using high-quality materials and clever techniques. A stylish update on the sportswear-inspired staple, these sweatpants epitomize the brand’s uncompromising approach to quality. Cut in a modern, tapered fit, with cuffed ankles.

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Studio David Thulstrup | Peter’s House | Copenhagen 2015

The renowned photographer Krasilnikoff commissioned the Studio David Thulstrup for his private residence in Copenhagen. The inspiration evolved from worn-out warehouses and factories with their blackened steel and old bricks; a concept which was sparked by the desire to retain the three raw-brick walls of the old garage on site. Additionally, Studio David Thulstrup found inspiration in urban rooftop gardens and innovative green zones of buzzing cosmopolitan cities – to answer the client’s request of an integrated green space.

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The design is focused around a central mirror-clad atrium, which floods all three floors of the residence with natural light. The atrium is lush with specially selected grasses, plants and a feature tree which is visible from all floors – creating a central and bright oasis.

Source: Studio David Thulstrup | www.studiodavidthulstrup.com; Photography by Peter Krasilnikoff | www.peterkrasilnikoff.com.

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A Spatial Experience | OEO + Dinesen

The leading producer of exclusive wooden flooring, Dinesen, turned to OEO Studio to help conceive and design their new showroom in a historic setting next to the Copenhagen lakes.

The result is a unique universe that captures the Dinesen spirit and transforms it into a fully embracing spatial experience, which highlight a bold new direction and showcase the perfect simplicity of the company’s wood alongside new bespoke creations.

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Source: www.oeo.dk, and www.dinesen.com.

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City Of London | Mark Sanders | Urbis

Inspired by an LS Lowry painting, Mark spent many early mornings documenting the City of London coming to life with the surge of commuters making their way to their offices. Overwhelmed and carried along on the human conveyor belt accross London Bridge, Mark stood back and realised how consumed people were with technology. Heads buried in handsets and the buzz of noise blocked by headphones, commuters were blissfully unaware of the beauty of their surroundings.

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Source and credit: Words by Urbis | Photography by Mark Sanders | marksanders.co.uk

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The Birth of Saké | Documentary

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In a world where most mass produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year-old tradition that we have come to know as saké.

The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. About a dozen employees leave their families from October to April for the plant, where they live together while following the directions of Teruyuki Yamamoto, the 68-year-old toji, or head brewmaster. They eat, sleep, sometimes even bathe together, rising at 4:30 a.m. for a workday that often runs past 8 p.m.

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The workers at Yoshida Brewery are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this cast that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto and the brewery’s sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are keepers of this tradition, and are the main characters who bring the narrative forward. As artisans who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen.

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Currently, stiff competition and the eventual retirement of experienced workers intensify the pressure of preserving quality of taste, tradition and brand reputation for Yoshida Brewery. Surrounded by 1,000 competitors, Yoshida must surface as a worthy contender in a market overrun by choices. While the narrative follows the brewery’s energy and ambition to survive, the characters remain central to the storytelling.

Director Erik Shirai, who was a cinematographer for The Travel Channel’s ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain, and who recently completed ‘Eye What you Eat’ a new web series for the Scripps Network, began work on the film in August of 2012, when he and producer Masako Tsumura visited the brewery for the first time.

After a long and exhaustive permission process, Tedorigawa’s owners allowed full access to Erik and Masako to film at the brewery. They returned in January 2013 to live amongst the workers at the brewery and capture the intense and relatively unknown process (even within in Japan), of traditional saké making.

Living at the brewery allowed them a rare window into a cast of vibrant and dynamic characters and fueled their interest in painting a deeper portrait of the people behind the product.

Granted more or less full access to the facilities, Shirai walks us methodically through every step of the complex, time-consuming sake-brewing process, breaking it down with elegant onscreen descriptions and deft, observational footage.

Words sourced: Variety.com, NY times, birthofsake.com

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John Pawson | London Gallery

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St James’s Square comprises predominantly Georgian and Neo-Georgian architecture set around a substantial private garden, between Piccadilly and the expansive green public spaces of Green Park. For the first two hundred years of its history one of the most fashionable residential addresses in London, today its exclusivity is expressed in the prestigious nature of its commercial inhabitants.

This project creates a gallery studio with outside terrace on the top floor of a new building on the square’s north side. At the heart of the design is the idea of creating comfortable spaces for people, art and books, but also of capitalising on the quality of the light and views consequent on sixth storey elevation in so central a location, where direct sightlines extend beyond the treetops of the garden square to iconic structures in the city skyline, including the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye.

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A vista extending the full breadth of the building is a defining move, its length underlined by the rhythmic beat of columns and mullions that animate the adjacent surfaces with a repeating pattern of light and shadow. The pale oak floor runs seamlessly across the floor plan. In conjunction with the white walls, ceilings, fitted cupboards and shelves, the effect is to create a calm visual context for a series of specially designed furniture pieces fabricated in fumed and bleached oak.

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Project Architect: Guy Dickinson
Photography: Gilbert McCarragher

Content courtesy of johnpawson.com

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Henrybuilt | Craft, Functionality and Quality

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Henrybuilt was founded in 2001 to fill a gap in the market for premium residential storage and furniture systems. The company’s kitchen system has rapidly become one of the top systems available. Offering a highly refined product line, Henrybuilt combines the aesthetic and engineering sophistication of the top European kitchen systems manufacturers with the craft of the best American custom cabinetmakers.

Scott Hudson, Henrybuilt’s founder, named the kitchen system company for his grandfather, a cabinetmaker, carpenter, stone mason and farmer. Carrying forward the tradition that Henry Spurgeon Hudson began on his own farm in rural North Carolina, Henrybuilt is dedicated to craft, functionality and quality embodied by a distinctly American company.

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Accompanying its product, Henrybuilt provides integrated design services to each client through its staff of architects and designers. The company’s mission is to elevate the quality of interior residential environments by providing an aesthetically sophisticated and functionally integrated approach to storage and panel systems, starting with the kitchen, and extending throughout the home.

Although Henrybuilt made its name in kitchen design, the company has been expanding in recent years and now produces a wide range of furniture, including bath and office pieces.

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The chair is built from seven solid wood parts assembled using a variety of interlocking joinery techniques, including french dovetail and half-lap joints. There is no hardware of any sort used in the construction of the chair. The desk is made using similar technique.

Henrybuilt is based in Seattle, with showrooms in Seattle and New York City.

Source: henrybuilt.com; images courtesy of henrybuilt.