Monday, 26 April 2010


1. Phoebe Philo photographed by David Sims (source: TFS) 2. The National Bank of Denmark headquarters by Arne Jacobsen (source: Nationalbanken) 3. Helmut Lang leather portfolio (source: ?) 4. Hussein Chalayan spring/summer 2010 (source: ?) 5. Arithmetic Composition (1930) by Theo van Doesburg 6. Jil Sander FW08 shoes (source: GQ) 7. Jil Sander fall/winter 2008 men's collection (source: GQ) 8. Prism London glasses 9. The Church of Light (Osaka) by Tadao Ando (source: atelier.29) 10. Jil Sander spring/summer 1997 ad (source: TFS)

I fear that I've been in writing overdrive recently, so this post is just a collection of imagery from my files, which explores in some way the ideas of purity, restraint, cleanness and minimalism in design - ideas which are, of course, having a bit of a 'fashion moment' right now, thanks to Phoebo Philo's work at Celine, and the general reaction against the flashy, 80s look that has dominated fashion recently. The pictures are not categorised in any way (lazy, I know! Think of it more as a stream of consciousness), but I still find that there's something quite refreshing about this set of images, all of which I saved or bookmarked at some point in the past.

1. Isamu Noguchi coffee table (source: ?) 2. Jil Sander SS07 men's collection (source: GQ) 3. ? (source: ?) 4. Jil Sander SS07 women's collection (source: 5. ? (source: ?) 6. TAC 02 glasware by Walter Gropius (buy here) 7. & 8. Prada fall/winter 1998 ads (source: 9. & 10. Moleskine notebooks.

1. Jil Sander fall/winter 2006 collection (source: 2. The Seagram Building (New York) by Mies van der Rohe (source: Eikongraphia) 3. Le Corbusier LC1 chair (source: ?) 4. Calvin Klein pre-fall 2010 collection (source: 5. Natalia Brilli leather laptop case 6. The Lobby Chair by Charles and Ray Eames (source: ?) 7. Rick Owens' Tokyo store 8. Jil Sander fall/winter 2006 ad campaign (source: TFS) 9. The Carpenter Center at Harvard University by Le Corbusier (source: 10. Shalom Harlow wearing Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane (source: ?)

1. ? (source: 2. Cutlery by Alexander Schaffner (buy here) 3. ? (source: ?) 4. 90s Prada Sport ad (source: ?) 5. Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion (source: target="blank" barcelonaphotoblog) 6. Celine resort 2010 collection by Phoebe Philo (source: 7. The Brazilian Congress building by Oscar Niemeyer (source: Wikipedia) 8. 9. & 10. Hussein Chalayan fall/winter 2000 table skirt (source:

1. Armani Casa tea service 2. Ville Savoye by Le Corbusier (source: 3. Jil Sander spring/summer 1995 ad campaign featuring Shalom Harlow (source: TFS) 4. Concrete Eternit chair by Willy Guhl (source: Decopedia) 5. Raf Simons spring/summer 2005 show 6. Rick Owens two-tone leather jacket (source: ?) 7. Jil Sander shoes (source: ?) 8. Prada store, Aoyama Tokyo, by Herzog & Meuron (source: Numa) 9. Kono table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli (source: Decopedia) 10. Hussein Chalayan fall/winter 2007 LED illuminated dress (source:

1. Raf Simons fall/winter 1999 show 2. Jil Sander store, Howard Street, NY 3.Alvar Aalto vases (produced by Iittala) 4. The Armstrong Rubber building by Marcel Breuer (source: Plastic Box) 5. Patrik Ervell spring/summer 2008 collection (source: GQ) 6. The "45" chair by Finn Juhl (source: DMK? 7. Prada spring/summer 1999 (source: firstview) 8. Helmut Lang 90s briefcase (source: ?) 9. Jil Sander fall/winter 2008 collection (source: 10. Side Chair by Harry Bertoia (source: photo by me, in the MoMa sculpture garden)

1. Yves Saint Laurent fall/winter 2008 collection (source: 2. Grace Coddington (source: Hanneli) 3. Martin Margiela fall/winter 1998 (source: ?) 4. Interior of Le Corbusier's Couvent Sainte Marie de la Tourette (source: 5. Calvin Klein spring/summer 2009 (left) and fall/winter 2008 (right) (source: 6. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (source: photo by me) 7. Pyramid cabinet by Pierre Cardin (source: NY Times) 8. 1996 and 1997 Ann Demeulemeester (source: 9. Balanced Ice Column (1985, Helbeck Craggs, Cumbria, UK) by Andy Goldsworthy (source: 10. Balenciaga fall/winter 2006 collection (source:

1. Ice Arch (1982) by Andy Goldsworthy (source: 2. Armani Privé spring/summer 2010 Haute Couture (source: 3. Atollo lamp by Vico Magistretti (source: Decopedia) 4. ? (source: ?) 5. Celine spring/summer 2010 ads 6. ? (source: ?) *please comment or email me if you know what/where this building is..thanks* 7. Calvin Klein fall/winter 2001 (source: 8. ? (source: ?) 9. Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2009 men's collection (source: GQ) 10. Celine by Phoebe Philo spring/summer 2010 collection (source: 11. Prada Sport spring/summer 2000 ads (source: 12. Erin O'Connor wearing fall/winter 1999 Hussein Chalayan (source: ?)

Don't hesitate to comment, or email me, if you can fill in any of the "?"s.


  1. your blog is amazing! i'm from Brazil and i loved see the
    brasilia architecture in this post

  2. love your blog "minimalist" or not...

  3. I thought you'd posted my university building when I saw the Seagram Building. Then I realised it was New York and not Sheffield.

  4. O.o these are amazing. SO much inspiration!
    loving the blog
    great posts
    stop by some time! xx

  5. Number 8 is the living room in Marina Abramavic's country house

  6. And between numbers 4.2 (Cutlery by Alexander Schaffner) and 4.4 (90s Prada Sport ad) you have a still image from the movie L'Année dernière à Marienbad (or Last Year at Marienbad), amazing movie btw

    Keep up the good work with this blog,
    All Best!