An Epicurean Defense of Minimalism

May 31st 2016

In Stephen Greenblatt’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “The Swerve,” he discusses the modern misconception surrounding the concept of Epicureanism. When the protagonist finds an ancient manuscript, he inadvertently stumbles upon a forgotten gem that, when translated and distributed, would help give birth to the Renaissance. The influences of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” can be seen in Renaissance works of art such as Botticelli’s Primavera. The influence didn’t stop there however, it moved on unrelentingly and generated the birth of the Enlightenment, and consequently the American Revolution.

The misconception that has arisen regarding Epicureanism is that it is equivalent with Hedonism, and that Hedonism is all about satisfying an insatiable desire for pleasure. Greenblatt teaches us that the Epicurean ethos and aesthetic is, while essentially life affirming, rooted in moderation.

Enter minimalism.

Minimalism Is life affirming in its appreciation of artistic line, from, and composition. It measures out moderation in its simplicity. A visual example of this is the Brickell Chaise. This sample of outdoor minimalism takes the aesthetic into the realm of modern outdoor lounge furniture. The chaise is a base structure of sturdy aluminum with all-weather wicker as the exterior and is available in several colors. The natural material, the wicker weave, roots the chaise in nature but embraces minimalism in its practical material. The bright Persian Azure blue is at once minimalist, in that it eschews detail and accessories, and indulgent in its richness.

Renovation Room embraces the indulgent and the practical sides of minimalist and contemporary furnishings while also embracing the life affirming quest for fine things. We also offer design services as well as out quality home furnishings. Shop today or call for design services.