You have all heard the phrase, “Less is more”, made famous in 1947 by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. You may even have used that statement yourself. It seems easy to keep things simple, but actually, the truth of the matter is, to create a simple space is not at all quite that straightforward .
In fact, to reduce the amount of visual clutter in a design is tremendously challenging, as most elements are necessary. You can’t, for instance, easily hide power outlets, lighting fixtures, beams, columns and terminations; but that is exactly what has to be done to create a clean and minimalist space. Walls, floors and ceiling need to be freed of unnecessary elements. Imagine how a clean wall is ruined by an unsightly plug or switch. These things need to be hidden from view, which means strategically, moving such elements out of sight.
In this photo, you are looking at a seamless floor slab in Kaufman white linen agglomerate marble. It is just a fancy way of saying: terrazzo, or composite marble. Each 120x300cm slab weighs over 600pounds, and is so big that to cover an average living room, you will only need about 9 slabs, as compared with the usual 100 or more tiles to cover the same area. In other words, having 10 times less joints; meaning 10 times less opportunity to accumulate dirt and germs. It is those crevices that blacken and trap the disgusting viruses which cannot be cleaned. No matter how much you clean the joints, they are still black and dirty!
All clients want a simple and modern space. They always ask for a hotel look. This to me is exactly that. Simple and clean like a five star hotel.