Behind the underlying principle of simplicity, which has been reflected in the development of design since the era of industrialisation, lies the work of designers and architects who endeavour through their ideas and designs to reduce the complexity of things, to simplify them from a technical or design perspective or to fundamentally redesign them, resulting in simpler use, improved functioning and a better quality of life. Their work is informed by their understanding of their role in making the products we use and the world we live in better. Consequently, simplicity is not only a design principle and a feature of good design, but also an approach to tackling the complex challenges that the future brings.
As a result, the publication focuses on phenomena such as the simplicity of forms and functions, the simplicity of use or the diversity and quality of simplicity. It is not the intention of the publication to provide an exhaustive presentation of historical products as originals, prototypes of design classics or design history.