Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 14, 2009
Despite my strong aversion to clutter, I’d hardly consider myself a minimalist. Conceptually, I’m all for it as I like basic and I like fundamental. But in terms of design, I find that most minimalism is just too darn minimal for my taste.
Take for example, Curiosity Inc.’s C-1 House in Tokyo. It’s an amazing structure with custom furnishings so minimal that the entire house and its innards seem to fade effortlessly into one another. It’s like a house you might visit in a dream if you were a character in a Fellini movie. So seamless is it all that it’s almost as if none of it exists. (If I’m sounding philosophical here, it’s no accident.)
I’ll admit, the place is fascinating. It’s as if Japan’s contemporary conceptual architecture has remained just that — a concept. Yet there’s an unwavering sense of harmony here.
If abstract art could somehow be converted into architecture, this would probably be the result. It’s like an empty house made from a three-level glass block, with the movement from one floor to another as the primary motivation for its being. In some areas there are stairs to take you up, in other places there are just ramps that give one the sensation of floating. It’s open and gradual — but not particularly inviting. And on top of that, the entire thing seems sterile enough for the safe removal of your appendix.
As for the green factor, any design this clean is bound to make a small footprint. That part I like. The rest of it is just too much for my liking. Or shall I say, too little?