What does it mean for less to be more?


Filipa Namora, CEO

Filipa Namora, CEO

One of my goals when developing a project is for its beauty to go hand in hand with essentiality. But how do we make a minimalist image come alive? How does less become more?
Personally, I believe that interiors radiate beauty when their design creates timeless spaces defined by the essentials: light, form, and material. Achieving this requires what I like to call “understated complexity,” that is, creating environments that appear simple but hide a high level of complexity. This level of complexity should be understood as a set of layers – as they are annulled, the spaces are undressed.

Therefore, the word less should be understood only in a superficial way. In fact, the goal is to clear away the clutter and get to the core of authenticity, simplicity, and richness. To do this, it is important to seek a balance between the minimal and the superfluous – I am absolutely against the kind of minimalism that is cold and lacking in soul. That said, you should aim for your spaces to remain pure, rich in layers and contrasts capable of creating a kind of warm sensuality.

In this sense, the function of architecture is to create authentic contexts in which we can find and be at peace. It is a search for intense simplicity that counterbalances the visual violence of the world. This search for simplicity has nothing to do with laziness: it is rather the result of a conviction that human beings need harmonious spaces, a petition for a return to an approach in which silence can claim its place.

Thus, the fact that we sometimes identify and characterize a work as minimalist can also lead to a paradox that simple and precise execution is more expensive, while apparently offering less.

In a world where we are bombarded with images, many people cannot understand or accept this, yet it is in the simplest things that we often unconsciously like to find ourselves.

Have a good August, and for those who will manage to take a few days off, happy vacations.