Many who thought if the minimalist style was born from the architectural style and interior design Japan. With image of hi-tech and simplicity, Japan was able to be a role mode for the development of minimalist style. Socially and tradition,simplicity does indeed become the identity of the community of Japan as Eastern country, so any simplicity appears predominantly, that ultimately this much style in home design on the adoption in many countries
However, if seen from the history of the rise of minimalist in the world, then Europe and America was the one who gave birth to many of the pioneering figures in modern minimalist style. The basic concept of minimalist architecture arising out of the industrial revolution around the 18th century up to the 19th century and the rise of modernism in the history of architecture understand building which then grew rapidly around the 1920s.
These developments are increasingly encouraged after the emergence of a style of architecture design “international style” whose theme of functionalism, clarity,and simplicity. A form of architectural design should be attempted whenever possible in order to accentuate its function in a simplicity. This movement is also a rejection of imitation and repetition of old forms and the use of additional classical times that is considered excessive, non-structural, and the mere addition that actually does give meaning and function of any kind in the architectural design of the building.
Some famous modern architecture movement embraced the “international style” include Frank Llyod Wright, an architect, interior designer, writer and educator. Frank Llyod Wright is famous for its Prairie House, a dwelling that is designed with the concept of open and adopted a minimalist style interior in Japan. Then, there’s the Ludwig van de Rohe, also an architect of the America that gave birth to the statement that the beauty in architecture is minimalist because of its simplicity or better known as the less is more. The man created a huge influence on the architectural styles of the 20th century through forms and modern materials using simple time, such as steel and glass.
Le Corbusier of France known for its modular system, i.e. a concept design with a looping approach to home building units. Next there is the Adolf Loos, an architect from the United Kingdom strongly avoid use of ornaments in every architectural design of the building, because he considered that the ornament is just a form of fear of emptiness in a minimalist space (horror vacui). Loos finally famous with his ornament is crime. Such statements are increasingly supported by the birth of the movement form follow function introduced by American sculptor, Louis Sullivan, which is closely related with modern architecture and industrial design of the 20th century.
At the beginning of his appearance, the movement form follow function into a controversy and gave birth to a variety of interpretations, because at that time the classical style still thrives. However, in the context of modern design, this term is visible as a breakthrough that has strong character, especially if associated with the development of the times and current technology when the “efficiency” became the primary value of a product design.
Take the equation from the post modern movements characteristic of the modern style of minimalism in fact demonstrates the clarity and frankness of the design. The use of ornamentation that does not have a function, either technical or aesthetic function, minimized. The forms made as simple as possible in accordance with their needs. Then, the implementation of any material to be honest without being covered up, for example the use of exposed rocks or walls without finishing in finishing paint, and so on. On the other hand, this style represents a technological advancement in the process design of minimalist design, minimalist home construction, and minimalist structures that give ease, accuracy, and efficiency.