Minimalism is not only about the artistic essence of designs, but it also alludes to a more efficient utilization of materials for crafting the design. This is aptly proven by the minimalist brazier conception of the ‘Mikado’, by eminent Dutch designer Joost van Veldhuizen (and founder of Van Joost studio). Comprising of a bundle of steel sticks that are seemingly twisted and bend, this innovative fireplace does exhibit a unique form that is ultimately symmetrical from a three dimensional perspective.
Structurally, the novel arrangement of these steel bundles serve two purposes. Firstly, the framework allows for a hollow, semi enclosed space on the top of the fireplace, where the burning fire logs can be easily kept. Secondly, and more importantly, the extended bearing of the bundles endows the structure with a certain degree of equilibrium and sturdiness (resulting from the core strength of steel).
This sense of balance also improves upon the portability factor of the brazier. In this regard, the overall compact characteristics, along with the ‘dispersed’ light weight nature of the steel bars makes Mikado a handy companion on those winter weekend outings into the wild.