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MINIMALISM MINDFULNESS

  • Oscar Properties


    One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to minimalism is that a minimal style and a mindful life automatically tie in together. It isn't necessarily like that... and believing that is a tad naive. I know a lot of people who are put off by the idea of minimalism because they see it as an excuse or a hypocritical form of consumerism.

    Let’s all be clear in that minimalism, YES, is a way of life–maybe even a socioeconomic response–but it’s also a STYLE; and while both things can merge and create a life of simplicity and frugality, we shouldn't impose that vision on anyone. Like anything else, it's a personal choice.

    The simplicity movement/stripped down interiors became a trend (as I mention it in this post) in response to previous movements, like the ones of the 70's and 80's that were visually impactful and often visually polluting. Everyone who took on the movement of "less is more" has done it according to their own beliefs and their own limitations.

    Innovation is also part of what minimalism is. There are a plethora of ground-breaking work that has sprung from its evolution. Those who want to embrace every facet of minimalism should do it without having to dodge the angry remarks of people who dismiss it–and those who want to make it just about "stuff" can.

    Minimalism can be as prudent or as lavishing as anything can be–and there are no rights or wrongs.











    Oscar Engelbert, CEO & Founder of Oscar Properties, created his Architecture and Design Firm with the intention of developing modern homes that could blend the history of each building, visually-impacting modern design and the understanding of how people want to live. That’s why he’s focused on old and new buildings equally, making his primary concern to create strong and unique housing concepts, where architecture and design are important elements. Something that, in his opinion, goes a step beyond ordinary simplicity.





    NYBROGATAN 19 is one of the firm's newest projects. The converted farmhouse is now two penthouse apartments that offer a series of accommodation. The focus for this project was to evoke "a feeling of peace" in each apartment, regardless of the size or price. The free flow concept allowed the firm to give all their attention to perfecting finishings (grey marble, light parquet floors, fully integrated appliances, etc), generous hidden storage and a harmonious and contemporary living quarter.












    This project concludes one thing–and that is the premise of minimalism not being vague. It’s, in fact, something that can accommodate everything and everyone. Minimalism is a realm of things. It's style. It's a way of living. It's simplicity... whenever, wherever and however we choose it to be.


  • Photography © Joachim Wichmann

    René Redzepi is the renowned genius behind NOMA and now also the proud owner of the high-end restaurant 108. SPACE Copenhagen is responsible for NOMA'S interiors as well as for transforming an ordinary warehouse into a stunning minimal industrial space for René's clients to feel comfortable. The furniture has also been designed by SPACE Copenhagen. The pendant lamps have been manufactured by Bomma and the restaurant’s woven chairs by Jørgen Bækmark. The restaurant seats around 80 guests and includes a small bar serving coffee and wine. Altogether this space is a display of René's characteristic organic, Scandinavian approach. In fewer words, it is perfect.
  • Photography © Norm Architects The Kinfolk Gallery and office space is a collaborative space between Norm Architects and the team at Kinfolk — A space where friends and partners can come together to share ideas and showcase their work and an office space that has an informal, elegant and homey atmosphere. The space is located in Copenhagen, Denmark and it visually represents Kinfolk's philosophy: slow living. As usual these two brilliant studios display impressive quality, attention to detail and uniqueness.
  • Photography © Hannah Trickett The new Frama is located in central Copenhagen in the historic and protected neighborhood of Nyboder. Former home of the St. Pauls Pharmacy established in the 1800s, the building still has it’s original woodwork and architectural elements. The synergy between the past and present elements of the space is a direct link to how Frama defines their main interest within the creative field as a dialogue between two opposite poles; classical and contemporary approach - between digital and analogue production.
  • Photography © Hannah Trickett "This was a project about making something extraordinary out of the very ordinary." McLaren Excell truly achieved that with this West London house. Kate and Ewan Thompson approached the firm to extend and re-furbish their Victorian terraced house in Shepherd’s Bush for a growing family and they were clearly successful at transforming this space into an open, family-friendly nest.

    McLaren Excell is a design-led architecture practice based in Chelsea, Central London. The practice is co-directed by Luke McLaren and Robert Excell, working primarily on private residential and commercial projects.
  • Photography © We Architecture This is the perfect example of how nature and simplicity are a beautiful combination. Not one competing with the other and both complementing one another in the best ways possible. The house shows endless possibilities in the inside and a wonderful sight outdoors.

    The House Boat is the work of art of We Architecture - A firm based in beautiful Denmark. The boat house is located on the beach 20 metres from the water edge in the surroundings at Svallerup Strand. Their client requested to use the house to store boats, fishing gear, bikes, kayaks and tools - but also use it as a place where they could sit and enjoy the sunset and have guests staying there for the night.
  • Photography © Brooke Holm While the world might have gotten over Plywood, I stand by my belief that a little Plywood makes life better. When I say a little I mean the exact amount used by Australian, brilliant Designer Rob Kennon for the project Lees House. The Melbourne-based home displays a fun mix of concrete, plywood, black and white tiles that gives this an industrial look without taking away softness and femininity.

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