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The Pillars of Minimalist Design

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Renovation Room carries pieces of household furnishings, accessories, and lighting that are quintessentially Minimalist. We carry only the finest quality of modern, minimalist, and transitional interior design pieces. This week we’ll delve into the roots of Minimalist style to illuminate subtleties of minimalist design.

The Two Pillars

There are two pillars that contemporary minimalist style rest upon. These are best seen in chronological categories of pre- and post-World War II. The pre-war movements include the Dutch De Stijl movement and the Bauhaus movement, that are represented by the iconic utilitarian art of the Weimar Republic. The De Stijl movement is well represented by Piet Mondrian and moves away from natural form and color. Instead, it embraced abstraction in color, form, and simplicity in both line and expression. In fact, it can be seen as a reaction to abstract expressionism, as exemplified by the works of Jackson Pollock. American post-war minimalism sprung up in the 1960s and early 1970s, and one need only think of Yves Klein’s monochrome paintings to see that this movement aggressively stripped away details they saw as superfluous.

When you are shopping Renovation Room, you can see this aesthetic in many of our pieces, such as The  Balmain Archchair with its simplicity of line and pure fabric, or the monochromatic Tamarac Table.

Shop Renovation Room today for the minimalist design piece that will inspire you and add the finishing touches to your home. We offer full-service, turnkey design services as well so you can open the door of a new house and immediately call it home.