MINIMAL/MAXIMAL: from definitions to application” is a conceptual interior-design project that evolves around the currently insufficient definition of minimalism and the absent definition of maximalism in architecture and design and the application of the developed principals.  


Susan S. Szenasy wrote in the June 2015 issue of Metropolis Magazine:

Laura Suppan [...] deconstructs the meaning and application of “minimalism” and “maximalism.” [...] This is not a discussion about style. [...] It’s about people and their relationships to each other and to their city.
[She] offers up a novel interpretation of architectural minimalism through the use of high-performance materials, in neutral shades, supporting varied community needs.

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The focus of the project was to create a highly contextual civic space at the street level of the 294 Canal Street. The interior space is seen as an extension of the urban landscape by creating a focal point for the community of the four adjacent neighborhoods. The furniture, the spatial configurations and their flexibility allow for a maximum of social interactions between single individuals, groups, and the larger community.