Why simple will always be trendy

This post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.

And we are thrilled to be a part of this competition. The topic, “Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now“, intrigued us immediately, but we also found it quite challenging.

Because usually, we don’t talk about trends. We don’t talk about the style of interiors we feature. If we did, we’d use a phrase “contemporary interior” way too often. Since, by rule, we feature interiors designed during the past five years or so, “contemporary” really goes without saying.

Yet, when searching for inspiration, we never actually use the keyword “contemporary”.

It’s because “contemporary” doesn’t distinct the good from the not so good. The time-frame is the only restriction there since, at this point, building technology and materials have almost no limits. Everything produced these days, is automatically contemporary. And also, these days everything can be produced.

So it’s almost like, when talking about quality, the exact time when something was designed or created, means nothing.

Actually, it’s not even almost like that. It’s exactly like that.

We don’t buy a chair, designed 50 years ago, out of compassion, knowing it’s designed that way because it was impossible to produce a better one at the time. If it’s not just as good as those we can find today, it will be forgotten.

Just think about the standard furniture from the 1970s. No one would buy that now. Or would, out of joke.

However, there are quite a few things from the 1970s we’d like to own. We’d like to own pieces from every decade, for that matter. You know, the ones that were trendy back then.

The same ones that are also timeless.

Why simple will always be trendy: Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye
Le Corbusier – Villa Savoye (completed: 1931) // source: Le Corbusier – Ouvre complete Volume 1: 1910-1929

Why simple will always be trendy: Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye

Why simple will always be trendy: Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye
Le Corbusier – Villa Savoye (completed: 1931) // photos: © Jelena Miljanović

What do you think about an interior, designed almost a hundred years ago, where a flat screen TV wouldn’t look like out of place? The flat screen TV – something unimaginable at the time.

To us, it is not as surprising as homes designed now, contemporary homes if you will, where the TV has to be hidden because it doesn’t really fit into the chosen style. The flat screen TV – something most of us can’t imagine a home without.

To prove our point, we decided to include this photograph:

Why simple will always be trendy: year1929 - Le Corbusier - Weissenhofsiedlung
Le Corbusier – Weissenhofsiedlung + Mercedes Benz 8/38 PS Stuttgart 200 Roadster – the year 1929 // photo: © Fondation Le Corbusier

Compared to the house, car obviously looks quite old fashioned. But it looks old fashioned now. In 1929 that car was the state of the art.

Strangely, most new cars look like something from the future, compared to an average house built during the last decade. Technology is rapidly advancing, and things we considered futuristic only a few years ago, are a reality now.  And that’s something we have to consider during a design process.

Our surrounding should welcome new technologies and basically anything future has for us. Because designing is always for the future.

Unpredictability is obviously not an issue since good design seems to transcend the time.

Why simple will always be trendy: Mies van der Rohe - The Farnsworth House
Mies van der Rohe – The Farnsworth House (completed: 1951)

But what makes a design timeless?

Everyone probably has a different opinion. We think it’s the simplicity. And not the kind of simplicity that comes from being modest and not creative enough. But the kind of simplicity where nothing but the meaningful is added.

Meaningful being not only what is useful in a practical sense, but also what evokes emotions and what helps us understand space or a product. Meaningful equals no nonsense.

And it is easy to recognize spaces that will be just as attractive a hundred years from now.
Interior where every element is necessary. Where every element means something.

Home inspiration | simple and minimalist | dining room

Home inspiration | simple and minimalist | kitchen island
Ralph GermannApartment SMT // photo: © Lionel Henriod

The suspended ceiling and wooden slats on the floor enhance the corridor which connects the main entrance with the back door and all the rooms in between.

But only ceiling height and the floor material enhance the corridor.

Notice these lighting fixtures. It’s like the same type of lamp is used in both spaces,  because there was no need for another new element to be brought into space. And even though there’s a difference in ceiling height, lighting fixtures are always on the same level – either pushed into the ceiling or pulled out of it.

The details are simple, yet so clear and powerful.

The dining table is oddly designed for a reason. The difference in floor materials and the geometry of ceiling determine the room – the corridor determines the room. With one angle left free, the table is almost detached from the borders of the space. In one point, it touches the border.

Imagine if that angle wasn’t free. Imagine if the table was moved so much as 3 centimeters to the left.  Imagine there was a chandelier above the table. See what we mean?

Why simple will always be trendy: Ralph Germann - Apartment SMT
Ralph GermannApartment SMT // photo: © Lionel Henriod

It’s all about one clear idea and beautiful execution.

Simplicity enables placing a flat screen TV in a hundred years old interior. And placing an armchair designed sixty years ago into a new home. So even though it’s not really a trend, simplicity should always be considered.


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