Handcrafted nativity set for a minimalist Christmas

This traditional festive playset has been pared back to the extreme.

Minimalism is fairly controversial. Good examples of minimalistic design delight through the ingenious methods employed to pare back while retaining innate utility or purpose, whereas bad pieces of minimalism, er... don't.

Playing with these boundaries in a festive style is Royal College of Art graduate Emilie Voirin, who has created this handcrafted Nativity scene. The set of beech wood lozenges is designed to be a contemporary version of the nativity scene, which Voirin claims "could appeal both believers and atheists".

"The holy scene that has been broadly reproduced is here recognisable by the names only, giving free rein to people's imagination," she adds on her website.

[via It's Nice That]

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