Book. Michael Kenna. Forms of Japan.


Each of us, sooner or later, will come to a minimalist interior, to some extent, for his home. The statement, at first glance, sounds a bit shocking, but if you look at this issue, it is easy to understand what I mean.

Minimalism (persistent. minimalism from lat. minimus-the smallest) - style in design, basis which lies in simplicity, accuracy and clarity. Minimalists use materials of simple geometric shapes, a combination of a small number of colors (based on white) and small volumes.

The modern interior in the style of minimalism is a well-planned space in which a lot of scattered, calm light, when it seems that the walls and ceiling themselves Shine, a lot of air. To create a sense of breadth and space, the room is freed from the internal partitions. Large Windows fill the space with light and connect the house with the surrounding world, making it part of the interior.

Features by which we can distinguish the style of minimalism:
 freedom: small amount of furniture and accessories;
 space zoning, multi-level lighting;
 the color palette is light, based on the game of halftones, a lot of white color, graphically underlined in black or gray. The palette is complemented by natural tones of wood, brick, metal, glass Shine and bright accents;
 natural finishing materials, often untreated, with rough texture: brick, concrete, wood or plaster.
simple shapes and lines.
 thoughtful decor that focuses on the space.

Agree that in such an interior is simple and comfortable to live. There are no chaos-creating details and unreasonable costs, but it looks always fresh and modern. "Interior is timeless."

How to learn to perceive minimalistic spaces? I can share my "recipe". My Teacher in the perception of laconic and simple forms is a photographer Michael Kane (Michael Kenna).
It was his black and white photographs of nature and the surrounding area that made me pay attention to:
 how self-contained can objects be;
 what Beauty and elegance of forms gives us the surrounding Nature;
 what a pleasure it is possible to examining each item when it is surrounded by a "floating" space, not a jumble of nonsense around.

The quintessence of the photographer's talent can be found in the book "Forms of Japan". I am a happy ????man, in the library of our house is kept this book with Michael's autograph. The book is beautifully published, it 240 black and white "silver" photos of Japan, collected by the author for 30 years. Photos accompany incredibly sensual "haiku", decipher their great pleasure! Being with this book is a real meditation...

In addition to the aesthetic pleasure of this Book helps to "pass through" a sense of minimalism, so necessary in the aesthetics of the modern World.