Monday, January 5, 2009

Minimalist aesthetic in art and design

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I love these old ads for BMW, read an article in the Sunday times yesterday entitled "Design Loves a Depression" got me thinking about positive affects of an economic downturn on both art and design. These cars are a result of BMW's design, post World War II during some of Germany's hardest years. I love the clean simplicity, nothing there but what works. They're obviously in true Bauhaus aesthetic breaking things down to form following function. Hopefully our current economic downturn will inspire a similar minimalist approach.

In art as in design a unified vision is more appealing than a collection of parts.

7 comments:

Joy (a.k.a. The Monkey) said...

I love your kitties!

Two Happy Stampers said...

Very true! Your kitties are very cute!

Angie said...

bauhaus cats, love it!

equivoque said...

very sweet
--equivoque (at etsy)

kim* said...

ahhh :)

Iheartfashion said...

I thought that Times article was interesting too. Maybe this recession will weed out some of the more self-conscious design-y stuff, and bring back good old utilitarian simplicity.

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