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Minimalism or Purism

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Minimalism or Purism? What is the difference between puristic and minimalistic Design?

Purism is an art style and was/is about using abstracted geometric and mechanical forms. But what does this mean to design? In my opinion minimalism is quite close to purism. Minimalism began in post–World War II Western art, most strongly with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s (Wikipedia). So it is also an art style. Minimalist design reduces the subject to its necessary elements. Best known slogans of this design direction is “form follows function” and “less is more”.

I found out that purism is often used in combination with electronics or mechanical objects like hoovers and cars. So is that the difference? I remember a phase when minimalism was kind of tied up to the color or non-color white. This definitely changed.

Let us use peas as an example

The most people would show a beautiful plate full of peas. The minimalist would use a simple white plate and presents just a single pea in its middle. The purist reduces everything to the most important – a grey background and in the middle you will see a single pea.
Or think of a nice furnished room with decorative pictures on the wall. The minimalist would hang just simple colors on the wall and the purist would not hang pictures at all.

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