Viaduct kicks off this year’s 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 furniture, all in room-set environments.
Designers include: Jasper Morrison; Achille Castiglione; Maarten Van Severen; Muller Van Severen; Konstantin Grcic; Aldo Bakker; Michael Anastassiades; and manufactures from E15; Karakter; MDF Italia; Cassina; Lyon Beton; Giopatto & Coombes amongst many others. New launch pieces and contemporary classics will be on show.
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 modern furniture since James Mair founded the showroom back in the 1990s. Viaduct believes 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; the furniture has followed suit and now it is at another stage in its development.
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 spec of materials: slings of coloured mesh; solid brass tables and rough hewn metal sit alongside marble, glass and wood. Reduced, restrained and revealing.
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