Wednesday, February 18, 2009

When mimimalist goes bad...and what to do when it does

I like to call this look, "prison cell chic"....I think the company refers to it as Zen something. It needs a charming color behind it...maybe sparkling mosaic tile, or beautiful wood planking.

Another example of punitive design. Do you remember that ornery kid at school, the one the teacher had to install a tri-folder (or Knightrider Trapper Keeper) on his desk so he wouldn't "bother his neighbors?" That's all I see when I look at that desk fencing...
I think the concept is light and airy but the effect seems a little "when bad billy grows up". Perhaps it just needs less than minimalist neighbors...although I can really see an acrylic ghost chair really enjoying it self paired with this desk.
I had a client that needed an office staged in a tiny balcony level area , perhaps a lime green laptop and a silver slinky cascading to the floor would bring out the fun....who knows...


3 comments:

Renny R said...

So funny. I remember a cubicle or two in my day!
Renny

Anonymous said...

... "prison cell chic"..., now that is funny. I agree, cold, cold!

please sir said...

Haha - yes very cold. I think there are ways to warm up a mimimalist design with the right colors - and add a little bit of personal touch!