Titania Inglis








pictures: titania inglis

titania inglisshop outfits:

“As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.” Albrecht Dürer

Minimalism and sustainability. Titania Inglis designs fashion that has pleased me from the first moment I saw it, especially her ‘Suspension dress’ (outfit 2, see here another picture). I have curated my 6 favourite outfits of her last 4 collections above which was a hard task, since every collection tells a different geometric story and I love them all!

Titania’s aim is to create fashion for the futuristic but ecologically aware woman: simple, geometric, minimalistic. Her web presence states following: “Equally minimal is the line’s environmental impact. Each garment is sewn in a small factory in New York from high-quality, low-impact fabrics including Japanese organic cotton, Italian vegetable-tanned leather, and dead stock wool from the local garment industry.” I love the way she utilizes minimalism as a form of environmental sensibility, personally this is exactly what adducted me towards minimalism aswell. I can relate to her philosophy and of course to her minimalistic design. Best, Ea Birkkam


today: simplistic geometry


Mansur Gavriel




mansur gavriel

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

A minimalist manifesto that has the quality to be your lifetime companion. While everyone seems to seek the small or large Tote in Louboutin-esque ‘Flamma’ with red interiors the silver interior version ‘Argento’ got my full attention. Much too late I heard about this little piece of perfection and it is sold out everywhere(!) at this moment.

Well, December ’14 the stockists will accept new orders. This is probably the first time in my life I am forced to put myself on a waiting list for a bag. I am not sure if I can wait that long. Impaitently waiting, Ea Birkkam


today: mansur gavriel

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aw2014 collection

“It is impossible to create beloved objects because it is dependent on individual, personal experiences. But I love the idea that maybe at a certain point our bags and accessories become somebody’s beloved object.” Philipp Bree

Minimalism, longevity, quality. Philipp Bree, the son of famous german minimalist bag brand Bree, makes one of my most desired bags. His inspiration is the love towards ‘beloved objects’ like the one bag his father gave him when young and the possibility to bequeath and survive more than one generation. The requirements for a bag to last that long are the quintessence of his brand pb0110. Considering the longevity of the bags a price starting from 500 Euros is adequate and most of the designs are so simple and minimalistic that you probably find yourself wearing everyday.

In an Interview with sleek-mag he said following about the brand’s choice of materials: “We use only vegetable tanned leather from Belgium, pure brass fittings and 100 per cent linen both from Tuscany, Italy. In that case we do not look right or left and just work with these essential materials.” I am fascinated by the brand’s positive tunnel vision regarding the materials they use and see both a manifestation of minimalism and tradition in it. Best, Ea Birkkam.


today: the black t-shirt


minimalism on a budget





shop clothes:

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” Linda Breen Pierce

Minimalism and a limited budget. It sounds like a challenge since cheap clothes oftentimes look both tacky and poorly processed. I think you can easily minimalize your wardrobe to a few quality shirts from COS (approx. 25 dollars each) and 2-3 compatible trousers/jeans (i suggest COS or Acne sale, both often reduces the 70-100 dollars jeans to half the price). Thinking about all the students and teenager who want to save a few bucks and only have their pocket money: Here is a small selection of full outfits and minimalist accessory that i find remarkably elegant and sophisticated. Best, Ea Birkkam


today: affordable minimalist jewelry





“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.” Isaac Newton

Futuristic, haptic footwear. It got my immediate attention as i am a big fan of futuristic design and life improving features. Developed by Ducere Technologies and available for approximately 100-150$, the Lechal smartshoe is somehow comparable to Google Glass — though it’s not able to take POV pictures and videos.

You can either choose the Lechal smartshoe or only insoles which you can slip into your own shoes. Via Bluetooth the smartshoe connects to your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device. The insole contains the usual slew of sensors that you would expect from a wearable computer, allowing the companion app to accurately track how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burnt, and so on. What truly sets the Lechal apart from a fitness band, though, is that each insole can vibrate. I am not so sure if I am a fan of vibrating shoes (tickles) but it seems practical. I wish they would come as monochrome as in the pictures above, but you have beautiful black with red linings if that is fair enough for you. What do you think about them? Best, Ea Birkkam

today: lithium battery



Hiroshi Sugimoto






check his portfolios:
Lightning Fields

visit on Artsy:
Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it.”
Michael Faraday

Electricity as art and minimalistic seascapes. Hiroshi Sugimoto, a talented all-round artist covers it all: Photography, architecture, theatre design, garment design (remember the Art Basel Scarfs for Hermes?). All of his works are in a very distinct style, something that whispers the unsaid principles of modern minimalism. I try to limit myself to his works of photography to give a small exerpt of what you can expect. My 2 favourite portfolios are with certainty ‘Seascapes’ and ‘Lightening Fields’. If you are fan of U2 you might recognize the first portfolio from U2’s album cover of ‘No Line on the Horizon’ (2009). All of the seascapes are fascinating.

For his 2009 ‘Lightening Fields’ Sugimoto abandoned the use of the camera and produced photographs using a 400,000 volt Van de Graaff generator to apply an electrical charge directly onto the film. He did not place an object on photo-sensitive paper, then exposing it to light, he rather produced the image by causing electrical sparks to erupt over the on surface of film laid on a large metal tabletop. The remarkably detailed results combine bristling textures and branching sparks into highly evocative images. This is probably my favourite piece of art made by electricity, i cannot stop looking at the clear, random structures. Best, Ea Birkkam

today: perfect white tshirt



concrete and marble



bikini and clutch:
Marble Bikini Top
Concrete Clutch Bag

“As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.”
Albert Camus

Marble looks so delicate and persistent at the same time, it is easy to understand there is still a hype around marble printed garments. Silk blouses, pillows and bedding that look like anicent Carrara Marble, i like the subtle irony. Concrete however epitomizes progression, urban caducity and growth. I wish there were more garments inspired by this familiar building material. I found some in the vast showcases of the Internet, my favourite is the concrete clutch bag from Ivanka. So pretty, as well as the whole concrete outfit.  
Humming Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Ea Birkkam

today: carrara and concrete



Futuristic Sneaker




Standing in the lab it is not so common to wear high heels, so most of the scientists stick to their all time favorite: The sneaker. Syntheses can take quite a while and it is inevitable to stand and walk alot. So why not embrace your progressive work with some progressive footwear? My curiosity about it probably started way back with the Back to the Future trilogy, fascinating how Marty McFly’s shoes tie themselves. Nike just paid tribute to the movie’s shoes 2011 with the launch of the Limited Edition ‘Nike Mag’, just like the ones in the movie. Margiela followed with the Mirror Sneakers 2012, which were blogger favorites both in silver (yes!) and gold. My most adored futuristic sneaker of 2013 clearly are the Adidas Y-3 Qasa.

So for 2014 I have high hopes for the refreshing looks of Rick Owens sneaker (photos above: Adidas), for example the Adidas x Rick Owens -as in the picture above- and Giuliano Fujiwara sneakers of milan-based designer Yoshiaki Fujiwara. I really think one has seen enough Nike Air, Nike Roshe and Isabel Marant Hidden Plateau Sneakers. You think so, too? Love, Ea Birkkam

today: the futuristic sneaker (surprise)


Michel Rajkovic






Michel Rajkovic

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Minimalism and solitude. The pictures of 34 year old french photographer Michel Rajkovic just make one dream about secluded aquatic landscapes. A lot like Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Watanabe and Michael Levin, who i like aswell. In an interview with ND Magazine he said following to his work being minimalistic: ‘The minimalist side allows us to open a door to the imagination because it gives the viewer the freedom to make his own history, his own interpretation. I only place the elements; I leave the freedom to spectators to leave their imagination to work. For example in my photo “Stairs to nowhere” some viewers at my last exhibition told me they climb the stairs, others remain seated, others down. They are not just mere spectators but they become actors in creating their own history. I love that freedom.’
Very nice said, Mr Rajkovic. Love, Ea Birkkam

today: the grey shirt and garments of solitude