Extreme simplicity

Believe it or not, I shall be singing my first Christmas carols at a craft fair on Saturday. It seems very early – but probably more so on account of an unseasonably mild winter.  With Christmas preparations running through my mind, my thoughts are returning to a quest I started last year – namely to buy one of German Artist Oliver Fabel’s nativity sets, pictured below. He calls it the ‘minimalist nativity set’ and he’s not kidding. All the cutesy trappings and elegant trimmings have been trimmed back to the barest minimum. The ‘characters’ in the story are devoid of character, ethnicity, age or any identifiable characteristic. As such they would give a great platform, I believe, for saying that the nativity is everyone’s story. However, it would seem that it is not to be, as I am unable to find any of these for love nor money.


However, this year London-based designer Sebastian Bergne has taken it a step further. In his nativity set, pictured below, even the names have gone. Instead there is a gorgeously coloured collection of coloured blocks. In a very post-modern way they can represent the characters in the nativity story, or another story, or indeed they can stand just as decorative items in their own right. What do you think?


This blog has featured all manner of nativity scenes before, from radishes to a missing person’s version, and even Spanish character caught short.  However, the two above intrigue me particularly.

What about you?