Design Crush : Lukas Machnik

I recently caught up with the finally of what has been my latest favourite design show: NBC's American Dream Builders.  The winner of the show, Lukas Machnik is a designer I have been following for the last few years.   I  learned about him after seeing some of his custom furniture, which I instantly fell in love with for its clean lines and avant-garde designs.  Seeing his artistic process when watching the show definately brought by respect for this designer to a whole new level.  Constantly developing original ideas and creating a slew of custom pieces of furniture, art and lighting (all made by hand), he took the meaning of DIY to a whole other level, creating pieces that were truly works of art. Watching the finale I was so relieved that he won, especially since his modern beach house for the final show took some major flack for its jarring black exterior (which I love).  Stand outs for me were the 12'-0" dining table and bench he designed and made, as well as the massive mobile/chandelier (which actually happens to be a dead ringer for what I have in my own home!) The moroccan inspired room he created though, has to be my favourite.  That room really shows you that he somehow manages to make his minimalist interiors feel warm and inviting.    What I admire so much about him is how well edited his spaces are.  Often spaces that are extremely minimalist leave me feeling as though they are either unfinished or beautiful, but unliveable.  He somehow manages to make minimalism seem comfortable and even cozy, with each object still being completely necessary to the design.   What do you think, could you live in a minimalist world?

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