Behind the attractiveness of nineties-minimalism lies a social mechanism: after a crisis, we return to the core of what we know. In uncertain times, people tend to grasp back to the essence of things. At the same time, a pandemic is creating new priorities for interior design, concerning shapes, materials and functionality.
However, here the minimalism from the nineties gets a contemporary interpretation, with softer shapes. The alternation of volumes and contrasts makes the whole look playful. It almost seems as if the furniture was a little bit inflated. The Essentialist feels at home among primary, over-sized shapes in color blocking. The colorful designs have something boyish about them, and even remind us of plastic or wooden boxen of building blocks. The designs are also gender neutral and even culturally neutral, which feels very actual.
The colors are more subtle and more sophisticated. Yellow tints have a clear presence, while the Utility Green and Archival Blue reference filing cabinets. The 90s Blue has a clear tone and reminds of the nineties. Grey gets an almost green-like hue which makes it evoke the office aesthetic. Some combinations are almost colorless (black, white, gray, aluminum), while others are very colorful with shades of blue and green that are contrasted by a Melange Pink.