150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Hidden Loft

Architect: KARLA MENTEN | architecture

Location: Hasselt, Belgium

Photography: Karla Menten, Philippe van Gelooven

“Away from it all—here, there, and everywhere” is a quote by American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner that inspired architect Karla Menten in the design of her home. Menten lives in an almost sterile all-white space, where everything is hidden when not in use. To make it was an arduous design task, as the space is for both living and working.

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Menten looked at the suprematist compositions of Kazimir Malevich to inspire the geometry of her home. In her words, her house is “a proposal for a twenty-first century machine for living.”

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Menten’s view on “an elementally ethereal aesthetic,” a look that involves the retention of open space and a minimum of color, might inspire you if you are disinclined to unnecessary detailing and decoration.