Every year, July 12th marks National Simplicity Day, a day dedicated to the values of living a simple, uncluttered life, a principle closely associated with Henry David Thoreau, an author, naturalist, and philosopher known for his book Walden, which celebrates simple living in harmony with nature.
In our fast-paced world, National Simplicity Day is a call to slow down, declutter, and reassess what truly matters. It encourages us to cut away the excesses and focus on what's essential. When we simplify, stress decreases, and we make room for more fulfilling pursuits.
Simplicity doesn't mean living without, it means living with only what we need. It's about repairing before replacing, celebrating small achievements, and being mindful. It involves scrutinizing our activities - keeping those that bring joy, improve our lives, or contribute positively to the world, and letting go of the rest.
National Simplicity Day doesn't have to be limited to just one day a year. In essence, it's about realizing that "the simplest things are often the truest," and that a life unburdened by unnecessary complexity allows us to fully appreciate the beauty of the world around us.Christina Kober on Simplicity in Design
Considering the concept of simplicity has really made me think about my designs in a different way. I can't help but reflect on how much the idea of "less is more" has shaped my journey as a jewelry designer.
When I only have one focal point in a jewelry design, every other part of the piece needs to help highlight that, not take away from it.
As I continue to design jewelry and evolve my brand, I'm constantly reminded of the power and beauty of simplicity. It's a guiding principle that continues to inspire and inform my work. And in a world that's often cluttered and noisy, I find solace and creative inspiration in the tranquility and understated elegance of simple design.Lifelong appreciation for simplicity in design
I think my love for simplicity started with my dad. He had a real eye for art, furniture, and architecture. He was into lots of different styles, but it was the clean lines and classic styles that really stood out to him, especially when they showed off the craftsmanship behind the design. I've found a lot of inspiration in mid-century modern furniture and the work of Michael Good. I even have one of his pieces, and it's one of my treasures.Finding Peace in Minimalist Jewelry
Often, my mind feels like it's buzzing with a thousand thoughts all at once. But when I'm designing jewelry, everything goes quiet. It's just me and the materials, and maybe one or two elements that I want to really highlight. It could be a texture, a stone, a message, or a shape - I just want that one feature to really shine. I've found that simple designs, uncluttered by too much stuff, show off the craft behind the piece.
Balancing simplicity and complexity in my designs can be tricky, and it's taken a lot of trial and error to get it right. I've had ideas that I was so excited about, but when I brought them to life, they just felt too busy or too loud.
Over time, I've noticed my style becoming more classic, and you can see that in my newer pieces. But I still like to be different, so I might take a classic design and add an unusual texture, or change the angle of a piece. I'm all about subtle luxury - things that are special, but not in-your-face. If it's not minimalist, I have a hard time putting my name on it.How Everyday Jewelry Should Feel
I hope that when people wear my jewelry, it feels like an extension of their own style and personality. I think a piece of jewelry should make you feel more beautiful and tell your own unique story. There's definitely a time and place for flashy, show-stopping jewelry, but I believe that everyday jewelry should feel like part of you.
With the world being as busy and noisy as it is, I think more people are being drawn to simplicity in design, especially in jewelry and fashion design. My goal is to keep creating pieces that feel clean, quiet, and calm. I want my jewelry to bring you back to center, but also make you feel beautiful.
So here's to minimalism and simplicity as well as to all the beauty that can be found in the simple things. I'm so grateful to be on this journey, and I can't wait to see where it takes me. Please visit this page to connect with my designs and find the one that speaks to you.