Simplicity VS Minimalism

Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, (1926)
Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, (1926)

During the past weeks that I’ve been focusing on designing new pieces for my jewelry collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between simplicity and minimalism, mostly when it comes to design. 

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

— Leonardo Da Vinci

I often remember my first year at architecture school, when a professor told me that it is difficult to create simple designs, highlighting the famous “less is more” by Mies van der Rohe. And as crazy as it sounds i really agree with my professor.. it is difficult to design simple forms. I’ve learned it through my studies and I learn it now again, through my jewelry. 

How the hell can you design something simple, elegant and new? Here’s the question!

And on top of that comes the difference I mentioned before. Simplicity vs Minimalism? Do you refer to those notions as they mean the same? I always think of minimalism as exactly what is needed to be functional…minus something.  I think I never managed minimalism efficiently. I’m always attracted by, so called, minimal forms and designs. And a lot by minimal fashion. But I don’t seem to own it. 

Simplicity is the keynote to all true elegance

— Coco Chanel

Simplicity though… I really want to think that I own that. Simplicity to me is more a way of thinking than a way of designing. It is not monochromatic and definitely not one sided. In my world minimalism is a blank white page and simplicity is a page with a beautiful drawing that the painter wasn’t afraid of leaving some white space.

I love minimalism. As I said before I’m really attracted to it. What do you think?

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