Part II of our Minimalism series presents a shortlist of today's top studios driving this style.
1. STUDIO KO
Having started Studio KO in 1999, Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier have experienced a meteoric rise to the top of the industry. Having met whilst studying at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts, the ambitious duo established their studio a few months prior to graduating. They are primarily known for their series of strict minimalist villas, seamlessly integrated into the spectacular landscapes of France and Morocco.
Studio KO’s success was kickstarted from a holiday in Morocco, where a mutual friend introduced them to Patrick Guerrand-Hermes (of the Hermés fashion dynasty) who was looking for architects to work on his projects in the north. In a country which at the time had a close knit design community, news of their celebrated designs quickly spread. Subsequent commissions arrived via the Agnelli dynasty and Pierre Berge.
Today the couple boast studios in London, Paris and Morocco and a portfolio of projects ranging from the private residence of Sheik Al Thani of Qatar to a continuing collaboration with esteemed restauranteur Andres Balzaar. Their ability to produce both elegantly minimalist interiors as well as turning their hand to more elaborate commissions (such as The Chiltern Firehouse) has no doubt increased their now global appeal.
2001: Daniel Cremieux; Cartier; Guerrand-Hermes (Private Residence)
2002: Van Cleef & Arpels
2003: Agnelli Fanily (Private Residence)
2007: Hotel Particulier, Paris
2011: Shiek Al Thani of Qatar (Private Residence)
2014: Chiltern Firehouse Hotel and Restaurant, London
2015: Chateau Marmot, LA; Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Morocco.
Address: 57 Poland Street, W1F 7NW, London UK
Phone: +44 (0) 207 437 1018
2. STUDIO MK27
Originally formed in the early 1980’s by Marcio Kogan, the practice was rebranded as Studio MK27 in 2001. Known for their comprehensive approach, Kogan’s team of architects and designers oversee every phase of each project. Based in San Paulo, Brazil the team’s inspiration is deeply rooted in the modernist revolution of the 50s to 70s era and draws on the country’s celebrated designers such as Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa.
The trend for modernism and Studio MK27’s adept skill at delivering this at the highest level has seen Kogan and his team of 28 achieve significant international recognition. Since 2001, the studio have received over 200 international awards including a distinction for the Wallpaper Design Awards, Record House, D&AD “Yellow Pencil”, LEAF Awards, to name a few.
2013: Cultura House Library, Brazil; Riviera Bar & Restaurant, Sao Paulo
2012: Casa Lee, Sao Paulo (Residential); Tetris House, Sao Paulo, (Residential)
2011: L’And Vineyards Hotel, Portugal
2009: Casa Patio, Brazil (Residential)
Address: Al. Tietê, 505 Jardins – 01417-020, São Paulo, SP – Brazil
Phone :+55 11 3081 3522
3. GABELLINI SHEPHERD
Since their inaugural commission designing Jil Sander’s flagship store in Paris, Gabellini Shepherd have become one of the most in demand studios around. Using space and light as sculptural materials, their signature minimalist aesthetic has garnered the attention of today’s cultural elite. Their portfolio boasts a selection of projects ranging from urban and commercial master plans to private residences, fashion boutiques and contemporary art galleries.
Based in New York, the studio is headed up by Michael Gabellini. A student of visionary architects, Rem Koolhas and Zaha Hadid. His early exposure to minimalism is evident in his work. Adopting a similarly reductionist approach, his work has been described as “designing minimalist spaces enriched by sumptuous materials”.
Gabellini’s talent for producing conceptualised designs and an adept eye for spacial planning has earned him clients from fashion behemoth Giorgio Armani to hotel magnate Ian Schrager. Residential projects also make up a large part of his practice. Bolstered by their internationally acclaimed projects, the firm has completed commissions across the globe, including Italy, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Cayman Islands.
Address: Gabellini Sheppard Associates LLP, 665 Broadway Suite 706, New York, NY 10012
Phone: +212 388 1700