Meditation spaces inform minimalist interior of Valencia’s Swiss Concept clinic – Dezeen


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Ash-wood surfaces, translucent glass screens and brass feature inside this serene clinic in Valencia, which Francesc Rifé Studio has designed in reference to Asian meditation rooms.

The facial and dental clinic, named Swiss Concept, has been designed by Barcelona-based Francesc Rifé Studio to feature colours and materials that are typically applied throughout meditation spaces in Asian countries like Japan.

“Mainly inspired by eastern aesthetics and meditation, this clinic was conceived following notions of lightness and calm – a deep approach which has been achieved through very simple means,” said Francesc Rifé, the studio’s eponymous founder.

“This project demonstrates our ongoing focus on achieving the most with the least.”

Clients arriving at the clinic are greeted at a softly lit, ash-panelled reception desk that’s backed by a wall painted sage green.

Adjacently runs a white walkway lined with panels of backlit frosted glass. The glowing glass-panels conceal the treatment rooms that sit at the core of the clinic, blurring the figures of doctors and patients behind.

Each treatment area has two doors – one at the front of the room and another at the rear. This design facilitates a circular route around the clinic’s floor plan, creating a continuous flow of doctors and patients.

The waiting area has been integrated into the clinic’s rear corridor, where a series of timber-framed windows are covered with translucent screens to soften daylight streaming through from the outdoors.

Deep window sills double up as bench seats, which face onto the treatment rooms.

A laboratory, sterilisation room, bathrooms and consultation area are set around the perimeter of the clinic, distinguished from the rest of the space by their all-white fit-out.

Strips of sulphurised brass have been used to line the edges of bookshelves and to craft slim door-handles, designed by the studio specifically for this project. Minimalist lanterns also emit a warm glow throughout the rooms.

Francesc Rifé Studio isn’t the only practice to create a pared-back health space – By Seog Be Seog stripped all superfluous decoration from a clinic in Seoul to form an open, inviting space where patients felt relaxed enough to discuss their health problems.

Urban Agency also used calming, curved walls of bleached wood in a Dublin dental practice to make visits less daunting.

Photography is by David Zarzoso.

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Meditation spaces inform minimalist interior of Swiss Concept clinic – Dezeen


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Ash-wood surfaces, translucent glass screens and brass feature inside this serene clinic in Valencia, which Francesc Rifé Studio has designed in reference to Asian meditation rooms.

The facial and dental clinic, named Swiss Concept, has been designed by Barcelona-based Francesc Rifé Studio to feature colours and materials that are typically applied throughout meditation spaces in Asian countries like Japan.

“Mainly inspired by eastern aesthetics and meditation, this clinic was conceived following notions of lightness and calm – a deep approach which has been achieved through very simple means,” said Francesc Rifé, the studio’s eponymous founder.

“This project demonstrates our ongoing focus on achieving the most with the least.”

Clients arriving at the clinic are greeted at a softly lit, ash-panelled reception desk that’s backed by a wall painted sage green.

Adjacently runs a white walkway lined with panels of backlit frosted glass. The glowing glass-panels conceal the treatment rooms that sit at the core of the clinic, blurring the figures of doctors and patients behind.

Each treatment area has two doors – one at the front of the room and another at the rear. This design facilitates a circular route around the clinic’s floor plan, creating a continuous flow of doctors and patients.

The waiting area has been integrated into the clinic’s rear corridor, where a series of timber-framed windows are covered with translucent screens to soften daylight streaming through from the outdoors.

Deep window sills double up as bench seats, which face onto the treatment rooms.

A laboratory, sterilisation room, bathrooms and consultation area are set around the perimeter of the clinic, distinguished from the rest of the space by their all-white fit-out.

Strips of sulphurised brass have been used to line the edges of bookshelves and to craft slim door-handles, designed by the studio specifically for this project. Minimalist lanterns also emit a warm glow throughout the rooms.

Francesc Rifé Studio isn’t the only practice to create a pared-back health space – By Seog Be Seog stripped all superfluous decoration from a clinic in Seoul to form an open, inviting space where patients felt relaxed enough to discuss their health problems.

Urban Agency also used calming, curved walls of bleached wood in a Dublin dental practice to make visits less daunting.

Photography is by David Zarzoso.

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Inside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s ‘minimalist’ £2.7million California condo – Mirror Online

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have put their Calabasas condo up for sale and photos show that is a ‘minimalist’ paradise.

The 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has advertised their 2,260 sq ft condo and if you have $3.5 million (£2.72m) burning your pocket, then this could be the investment for you.

Based in downtown Calabasas, Kim and Kanye have owned if for two years and the couple have used it primarily as an office space.

Photos of the inside show that it was a minimalist affair with the decor kept simple and functional, it shows that they do not entertain any ‘noise’ in the room to distract them when they are doing business.

Kim and Kanye have their condo for sale (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

With expanding cosmetic and beauty lines and the taking off of her shapewear line, Kim has plenty going on business wise but she has decided that the apartment is an unnecessary expense.

The property does boast three bedrooms and had four bathrooms and Kim has revealed previously that the place has been styled with Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen.

Kim and Kanye’s house is also a minimalist affair but the office boasts a darker colour to the white that dominates there home.

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Never bored of the board room

Board rooms probably do not come as chic as this room, where the deals are negtiated.

The room has made a brief appearance on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as the reality show visited Kim’s condo.

The board room has never looked so chic. So chic, in fact, it made a brief appearance in one of the episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians .

The property will set you back $3.5m

Keeping options open

Open plan with uncluttered furnishing, designer Vincent Van Duysen furniture does not come cheap but Kim is happy to make sure no expense is spared.

Simple but effective

Minimalist vibes in the living room

There is no room in this condo for distractions or excessive accessories as Kim and Kanye make sure the living space is simple but effective.

The living space (Image: Compass)
Kick back and relax

Keeping personal touches to the minimum, the property is close to the couple’s home in the Hidden Hills compound, where Kim’s sisters Khloe and Kylie Jenner , among others also reside.

High-end counter action

There is plenty of counter top space along with high-end Gaggenau and SubZero appliances.

As well as the features inside the house, there is also full access to the pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and outdoor grill.

Kitchen area is something else
Gather round the seating area

Kim and Kanye had recently been linked with buying a ranch in Colorado, so they are maybe looking to swap up the minimal condo life for the great outdoors.

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Seven minimalist activities for Christmastime – FemaleFirst.co.uk

If someone in your family or friendship circle is a minimalist, the usual haunts at this time of year might not be to their liking- namely the mall. So, if you want to spend some quality time together that doesn’t involve shopping, here are a few ideas:

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Go to a Christmas market: There will be stalls selling Christmas gifts, this can’t be avoided, but you could go to walk around, soak up the atmosphere, buy consumables like mince pies and enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine at the end.

Go for a Christmas meal: Check out your local restaurants online- most of them will put on a festive menu during this time of year- you could meet up and go for an early Christmas dinner and put the world to rights.

Attend a lighting ceremony: Many towns and cities make a big deal of turning on their Christmas lights- which is often accompanied by other entertainment. Why not put on your warmest clothes and watch the magic happen together?

Watch a Christmas movie at the cinema: You can guarantee that your local flicks will have a festive movie on show, you could grab yourself some popcorn and a drink and watch something that will put you in the mood for the big day. If you are strapped for cash- choose one on your streaming service at home and bring the cinema experience to your house or apartment. 

Build a gingerbread house or bake together: This is the ideal activity if you don’t want to spend a lot and need to get rid of the evidence at the end! Who doesn’t love a Christmas cookie or a slice of cake?!

Go for a festive coffee and a cake: Most coffee shop chains will sell some sort of special drink for the holidays along with a biscuit in the shape of Rudolph or a mince pie to accompany. You could meet up and have a good catch up over these obligatory treats.

Volunteer together: Help is needed at this time of year more than any other- donate your time rather than your money at your local soup kitchen or charity shop- it will be greatly appreciated by those who require it most.

Merry Christmas to all the minimalists out there both old and new!



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Best for looks

Samsung Galaxy Fit e

The Galaxy Fit E is Samsung’s cheapest fitness tracker ever but it doesn’t scrimp on the features. Beneath its minimalist design lies the tech to track your steps, automatically monitor sleep and automatically track a number of workouts. The pretty basic display can also show off notifications and display current heart rate, thanks to the on-board biometric sensor. You can dig into your data further through Samsung’s improving Health app, though some insights are easier to find than others. The Galaxy Fit e is a no-frills tracker that’s well designed and, like the Xiaomi Mi Band, comes in at less than Fitbit’s cheapest fitness band. £35, samsung.com/uk

Best for sleep tracking

Fitbit Inspire

Fitbit, a heavyweight of the fitness tracking game, puts its smarts to get you in shape into a more affordable design. The Inspire will track basics like step counts and distance covered but can also automatically recognise a host of different workouts too. Smartwatch features are kept to a minimum but you will get some of the most reliable sleep tracking going, making data easy to understand inside of its companion app. Bands are interchangeable if you want to mix up that look and five-day battery life means it’ll give you solid tracking time too. £69.99, fitbit.com/uk

Best for value

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4

If you really don’t want to spend big, the Mi Band 4 from the Chinese tech outfit Xiaomi is one to check out. For its fourth iteration, the Mi Band adds a gorgeous colour touchscreen that wouldn’t look out of place on a pricier fitness band. It covers the tracking bases, monitoring step counts and sleep as well as keeping tabs on your heart rate. It also offers the ability to track runs using your phone’s GPS and can even monitor pool time. You can control music playing from your phone and view notifications, while a 20-day battery life means you won’t be constantly grabbing for that charger. £34.99, mi.com/uk

Best for new smarts

Honor Band 5

Honor, the Chinese offshoot of Huawei, has built a reputation for making feature-packed trackers that undercut the competition. Continuing that theme, the Band 5 is fit for the pool and features a lovely touchscreen display that lets you swipe to see all your health and fitness data. It offers basics like step counts and sleep monitoring but also houses a SpO2 sensor measuring oxygen in your blood. That’s useful information if you’re hitting high altitudes. On top of that, it’ll let you see your notifications from your phone and is compatible with Apple Health to make this a great-value wearable. £29.99, argos.co.uk