Less is More

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Minimalism is an architectural style characterized for the extreme simplicity in the forms, born in New York at the end of the sixties. The origins of this tendency are in Europe and you find them in the manifest titled Less is more from the german architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, one of the most important of the century. Because of the second world war, Van Der Rohe immigrated to the United States. At the end of the 30s, Van Der Rohe was de director of the Bauhus School of Art and Design in Germany where his first ideas about purity in forms were materialized and the artistic concept used for giving personality to the industrial design.

The basic rules for minimalism are: using pure colors, to give importance to the totality more than the parts, using geometrical and simple forms made with mechanical precision, work with industrial materials in the most neutral way and design over immaculate areas. The result that define this style is the concept of the word “cleaning”.Minimalism gives great importance to the space and ecological materials. It center the attention in pure and simple forms. Other aspect that define this tendency is the absolute monochrome in floors, ceilings and walls. The accessories are at the end the ones that give color to the space.In a minimalist statement, white color stand out with all the shades that you find in it. Never forget that white has a big range of shades.

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The Elements
One of the changes produced by the minimalism in decoration was to use elements like polished concrete, glass and steel rods.
The Colors
About accessorize the minimalism doesn't use print fabrics on sofas or cushions. All are pure colors, that projects a sensation more contemporary in contrast of baroque style in the XIX century.
The Unity
For the minimalism all the elements must combine and form a unity. This summarizes the minimalism order “everything is part of everything".
With time the minimalism born at the end of the 60s got the maturity in the 80s making influence not only in architecture and design but also in paint, fashion and music.

About Gabriel Olivera

Living and working in Ibiza for many years, Gabriel Olivera has been very active professionally and a number of fine homes and villas bear his hallmark minimalist imprint.

In his drawings, large windows light up the inner space with the colors of the sea and campo. Meticulous with details and adhering to ancient Vedic architectural principles, he skillfully blends his rigorous shapes into the bountiful colors of Ibizencan countryside.

Vastu Shastra

The Vedic science of Building.

Where we live can influence our happiness, wealth, health, and prosperity. The Vastu Shastra is the Vedic science of building. When one studies the Vastu Shastra, he learns to create buildings that favorably influence those things that bring us happiness. The Vastu Shastra considers the astrological placement of the Sun, Earth, and other planets during the actual construction...