Minimalism can refer not only to architecture, music, and art but also a way of life that is simple and uncomplicated. The focus of this lifestyle is on the liberation of one’s own personality. It’s about new visions and focusing on the truly important things in life. The minimalists break away from everyday constraints and consumer goods, which cause inner dissatisfaction. Only in this way can we find self-determination within ourselves.

Minimalismus ist der Wunsch nach Mehr –
der Wunsch nach einem tieferen Bewusstsein.

Minimalism is not defined by number of possessions. Rather, a minimalistic lifestyle is about changing one’s own life and the subjectively experienced quality of life.

Mehr Zeit und Raum schaffen

Im Fokus des simple living stehen Begriffe wie Ordnung, Übersicht und Klarheit. Es wird eine unkomplizierte, auf sich und das eigene Umfeld bezogene Lebensweise angestrebt. Damit grenzt sich die Bewegung klar zum Materialismus und dem damit verbundenen Konsumzwang ab. Im Vordergrund stehen Sinnhaftigkeit und Nutzen, die als Grundlage für ein gezieltes Kaufverhalten dienen. Minimalisten unterscheiden dabei zwischen Begehren und Notwendigkeit. Das betrifft Bereiche wie Ernährung und Handwerk, aber auch Bekleidung und Wohnstil. So werden auch hier klare, unkomplizierte Formen und Strukturen bevorzugt. Auf Dekorationselemente wird weitestgehend verzichtet.

If you go back in history, basic features of minimalism can be found even in early antiquity. Minimalist approaches can be found in early works of the Greek philosopher Plato. In some religions, such as Hinduism or Buddhism, simplicity is again a desirable goal. In Germany, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is considered an early representative of minimalism. Nietzsche believed in increasing the spiritual powers of man, which he himself sought to achieve by strict rejection of materialism. The targeted action against the authoritarian pressure of society is reflected in the Wandervogelbewegung. Later, the supporters of the 1960’s movement held the view that their personality had been liberated.

Today in the USA, the term voluntary simplicity is used as a synonym for a simple well-balanced life. The term was coined in 1981 by the American social scientist Duane Elgin, who therewith marked a boundary from the consumer-oriented American way of life.

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