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Tundra: Autumn 2021

Whether or not we’re big fans of the genre, the Givenchy Winter 2021 Collection is seriously entertaining us with a fashion ambiance reminiscent of the costume designs for the fictional ice planet, Hoth, in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. Since this film has curiously stood the test of time, celebrating its 40th anniversary with a devoted fan base, we’re coordinating its coolness for our fall exhibition. These fashion trends reflect the minimal and wintery landscape of this well-known space tundra. They offer us deliciously dreamy opportunities for rugged minimalist interior design.

 

Rugged Minimalist Interiors

Rugged and natural, these winter outfits are carefully understated in their authentic style, accentuating the organic and eliminating complexity. The sleek lines and minimalist color palette give off a surprisingly laid back energy, radiating lo-fi vibes of instrumental music with jazzy undertones. Transforming these wearable fabrics into livable interiors begins with the natural style, stripped down and bare.

 

Coffee Tones For Cold Days

Extremely limiting the color palette —solely allowing earth tones, whites, and creams, makes a minimalist style even more minimal. If you would find it in your coffee, then it’s in the palette. Organic, natural, and unsaturated, the stark scheme lends itself to the unconventional creativity of pairing the unfinished with the elegant.

 

Focus On Form

With the narrow color palette, the physical form of furniture and decor are meticulously selected, as they easily become the eye’s focus: sleek lines and curved edges cannot be ignored in such sparse terrain. Geometric symmetry, repetition, and scale are used to create harmony, as well as contrast. An unusual multi-legged table emphasizes the sheer form of the furniture while a mix of single-legged tables draws attention; likewise, harsh lines in tables and shelves offer a noticeable contrast to obvious round light fixtures and bulbs.

 

Let In The Light

Furniture and accents that are stripped down, bald, and rustic may seem boring to some. However, a minimalist space lends itself to unique and dramatic accents in the use of light. Stylized light can come from carefully added light fixtures that shine on specific spaces, or bright natural light whose rays create dark shadows and sharp lines. Low profile furniture with a greater height-to-width ratio gives you the opportunity to bathe the space in light, relaxing the energy of the design.

 

Texture For The Tundra

The minimalist color combinations make changes in texture very visible, no matter how slight. In this Stella McCartney hanbok-inspired design, the simplicity in form and limited color turn the eye to the shining accent of the metallic texture of the alligator buckle.  Likewise, a sculpture in a unique material adds a spark amongst the lack of saturation. Raw wood, warm stains, and even the contrast of greenery and plant life can create a natural oasis in the otherwise naked space.

 

 

Fur, wool, fleece. The disparity in texture stands out and, without competing colors or visual distraction, adds to the relaxed and natural aesthetic. Such comfortable textures can turn a visually “cool” space into a warmly welcoming refuge.

 

 

If you are feeling sheepish about these fuzzy petting zoo interiors, tactile texture can be more subtle. The most subtle changes in weave or fabric still manage to add the variety you may be seeking, as minimal as it may be. With something as essential as a thread count or fiber feel, the texture needn’t be the only accent. Simple color can draw the eye and break up the room, as in the patina and pillows below.

 

Depth With Dimensions

As textures grow, becoming thicker and deeper, they blend into pattern, the boundaries blurred. The repetition and shadow of 3-dimensional scales create depth of optical movement and interest, from tables to walls to shelves. These stylized patterns subtly shake up the space
without taking away from the minimalist simplicity, attracting the eye with visual vibrations that resonate in the soul.

 

 

So progressive for the period of its creation, the ice planet of Hoth still remains timeless. The minimalist style of these tundra trends find themselves in the same perfect balance. These rugged minimalist interior design concepts are brand new, yet last forever. The bereft tundra need not be boring; rather, the natural, unsaturated tones and earthy accents create a space to relax both the mind and the spirit.

 

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