This style originated in cities when people started to inhabit old industrial commercial buildings, such as factories and warehouses with high ceilings, large windows and brick-faced walls.  These are usually larger than normal open-plan apartments where the furniture is viewable from most areas.  Minimal style furniture is generally used to show off the space with the use of large comfortable seating to fill and soften the room.  This is a very cool and sophisticated style that can be recreated in most homes with the right decor.