Viaduct kicks off this year’s London Design Festival with an in-depth look at minimalism in furniture design. The Bare Minimum is a celebration of pure geometry. This exhibition is curated to maximise and contextualise the spirit of this powerful architectural and design movement with examples of influential and seminal furniture, all in room-set environments. Designers include Maarten Van Severen; Muller Van Severen; Konstantin Grcic; Aldo Bakker; Michael Anastassiades; and manufacturers from e15; Karakter; MDF Italia; Cassina; Lyon Beton; Giopato & Coombes amongst many others. New launch pieces and contemporary classics will be on show.
The Bare Minimum – 15-24 September 2016
Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, London EC1R 5BD T: +44 (0)20 7278 8456
Opening times: Weekdays 9.30am-6.00pm; Saturdays 10.30am-4.00pm
This exhibition sets out to show a new perspective for minimal furniture design; with a strong focus on colour, materials, detailing and textures, this is a million miles away from the early radical flat white concept of minimal that has proved so influential. Still respecting the notion of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Less is More philosophy but bringing a new updated edge.
Viaduct has pioneered rigorously modernist furniture since James Mair founded the showroom back in the 1990s. As he explains “It is important to show how minimal furniture works within contemporary living and work spaces; in the last 25 years more people have opened up their rooms and embraced the Japanese Ma concept, possibly without realising; when that happens you need design that fits harmoniously, but all design moves on and minimalism does too.”
Simplicity, meticulous order and austerity does not necessarily mean a lack of character or innovation; quite the reverse when you consider some of the most complex designs on show using a broad spectrum of materials: slings of coloured mesh; solid brass tables and rough-hewn metal sit alongside marble, glass and wood. Reduced, restrained and revealing.