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Episode 64: Minimalism vs. Maximalism – Which is right for your workplace?

 

An example of a minimalist approach at Navigant's headquarters in Chicago exemplifies simplicity and a clean, crisp aesthetic.
An example of a minimalist approach at Navigant’s headquarters in Chicago exemplifies simplicity and a clean, crisp aesthetic. Photo by Darris Lee Harris

IA Senior Designer Alex Markey highlights the functions and goals of both minimalism and maximalism design approaches. With years of experience designing for corporate interiors, Alex provides practical explanations of the differences between the two and ultimately, how to decide which approach is the right fit for your workplace.

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Minimalist design believes in stripping away any element that doesn’t contribute to a design’s beauty or function.

Maximalist design is ultimately the idea of “more is more.” It’s all about layering textures, colors, and patterns to create a rich environment that tells a story.

Minimalist design = highly functional spaces and products that focus on quality craftsmanship vs. Maximalist design = lively environments and products that tells a company’s story or reveals its culture.

Stay tuned for a future article from Alex exploring this topic in further detail.

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