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Tiny Bites 05: Against ‘Minimalist’ Design

October 5, 2017
Tiny Bites 05 | Against 'Minimalist' Design

Happy Thursday! (Or, happy whatever day it is when you’re reading this).

On Monday, I shared my first-ever experience with Airbnb and what it taught me about the connection between the spaces we live in and our wellbeing. So, this week in Tiny Bites, I want to dive deeper into the idea that there is no right way for a space to look.  for it to have a positive impact on your day-to-day life.

What started out light and airy, might have turned into a rant. Specifically, I don’t believe ‘minimalist’ design is something we should hold up as an ideal to aspire to. So, have fun listening to me get a little…passionate!

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Do you think there’s room for different design aesthetics in the minimalist community? If you describe yourself as a minimalist, what is the defining part of your minimalist identity?

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  • […] Britt over at Tiny Ambitions recently shared a very interesting podcast on minimalist aesthetics, Against ‘Minimalist’ Design. I couldn’t agree more with Britt that there shouldn’t be a ready-made template for […]

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment October 19, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I totally agree that there shouldn’t be a template for a minimalist aesthetic. It occurs to me as rather ironic that pretty much all countercultural movements end up having some very conformist elements to them (obviously not perpetuated by all adherents). My reason for pursuing minimalism is to think outside the square and do my own thing, so following a one-size-fits-all way to choose and furnish my living space would completely contradict that. In my opinion there definitely is this idea out there that minimalism means bare walls and only a few stylish and strategically-placed pieces of Scandinavian-style furniture (here I’m thinking of the photos of Joshua Fields Millburn’s minimalist house i.e. his living room essentially contains nothing but an armchair, a couch and a lamp). Obviously that works for JFM, which is awesome, but it doesn’t work for everybody (not that I ever got the impression he was trying to impose that on anyone). I love your conclusion in this podcast that your minimalism isn’t defined by your living space but but by your values. That is definitely my way of seeing it, too! The old cliche that it’s what’s on the inside that counts rings true.

    PS. The more episodes of Tiny Bites I listen to, the more I realise how different the Canadian and American accents are. It’s all about the vowels! So thanks for unintentionally enlightening me on that Britt 🙂

    • Britt October 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I’m so glad this resonated with you! I have a hard time articulating it sometimes. But, just because you love ‘Minimalist’ Design, doesn’t mean you’re actually a minimalist. That’s too different things.

      I think a good part of this confusion does come from The Minimalists, because that’s most people’s first exposure to the movement. So they see how JFM and RN live and assume that’s ‘minimalist’. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I do think it sets people up for failure if they follow that template and then are still dissatisfied with their minimalist progress because it doesn’t really fit who they are.

      Oh gosh, I’m so self conscious about my accent! It’s funny though, I was at a conference in September with mostly Americans and they all sound so different from Canadians and different from each other (depending on where they live). I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an Australian and a New Zealand accent. All I know is you guys sound so cool!

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.