When one discovers More with Less, one immediately thinks about the motto “Less is More” that the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used to describe the aesthetics of rationalist architecture in 1947. Its basis lies in a design that eliminates the unnecessary elements in search of the maximum functionality and keeps only the essential, with an image of extreme simplicity.
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House Photograph by Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing
But he has not been the only one. Throughout history, many other architects and famous designers have shared this philosophy to define great works of modern architecture and design: Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus, Le Corbusier and the Ville Saboye, Tadao Ando and the Church of Light, Dieter Rams and his designs for Braun …
However, it is not a purely architectural concept, but rather a philosophy of life, a transversal concept used in all disciplines of art and culture. This current pursues a common goal: to evolve and create objects that solve problems, but that go “unnoticed”. In their book “Super Normal”, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa identify these objects as the best that life can offer, very useful everyday objects that remain in time thanks to its good design. It is not about designing seasonal products, but designing objects to meet needs that arise throughout our lives.
“Design must be evolution. If an object does not improve the previously one that used to do the same thing, it does not make sense ” Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa
Super Normal por Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison. Published by Lars Müller Publishers
We should not spoil the term minimalist labeling styles of simple lines that forget the functional aspect. More with less is not aesthetics for aesthetics, something more is needed. Eliminating all that is left over only by its form is not what Mies van der Rohe preached. The design should start from the essential and ingeniously introduce what is necessary. In this way, everything in the object would fulfill a function.
Therefore, to be More with Less means to see beyond. Create a design as a whole, understand the unit formed by parts that fit perfectly, minimize the elements of the form and exclude any ornamentation. The ‘more’ is found in the materials, the suitability to use, the user experience… The challenge of design is to look for the ‘more’ when there is only the minimal left. This is why we work for every day. Our philosophy of life.