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Not associating minimalism with inexpensive

tim irvine | May 6, 202011:10 AM     13

On another currently active thread it was said that it was wise not to associate minimalism with inexpensive. Intuitively I agree, but I am not sure why. If I had a batterie of a dozen carefully chosen items, I see no reason why the pans couldn't be something like Cuisinart or Misen instead of Fissler or Paderno, the knives couldn't be Forschner instead of Miyabi or Shun, the bowls couldn't be restaurant supply SS instead of Mason Cash, and so on. The lower cost items would certainly perform extremely well and, with proper care, last me for my whole life. However, for a certainly sensibility having very few things bumps up the desire that they each be quite special. For that person the small batterie might be heavy old Gaillard copper, Sabatier Theirs-Issard knives, and T. G. Green bowls. They do not necessarily perform better when you include factors like care and maintenance (and lightness and ergonomics!), but they are, indeed, lovely throwbacks. In my experience the need to pay more to get things that will perform better, sometimes but not always, kicks in most when considering appliances large and small. Simpler, chip free things are such a small piece of the market, but they are usually made to last and easy to repair. I point to my Dualit toaster and Russell Hobbs kettle. Some are just built tougher, like Bamix or Robot Coupe. I really miss a gas stove with no chips in it.

Regrettable purchases are the antithesis of minimalism. It may no longer take space in your kitchen, but if it is in a landfill that is not good.

Another observation is that the way things are stored is a close relative of minimalism. In my kitchen I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, yet it fits neatly in my reasonably small kitchen, and the fast majority of it is in plain view and easy to grab.

So what are your thoughts on the intersection of minimalist and inexpensive?

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