The Best Minimalist furniture
Minimalist furniture is to interior design what the white cotton dress shirt is to fashion, at once clean and simple but yet full of intrigue when styled well. Designers such as Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Charlotte Perriand, Arne Jacobson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll Bassett established minimalist furniture design legacies that continue to impart immeasurable relevance today.
Today, a new slew of designers and collectives follow in their footsteps by creating sleek pieces that add depth and richness to a minimal interior landscape. Whether the minimalist design trend is pervasive throughout a living space or lightly referenced with an item here and there, the design world has plenty on offer. Here is a breakdown of some of the best-in-class minimalist furniture pieces to maximize your interior’s style.
The Japanese aesthetic, by nature, lends itself to the pure lines of minimalism. It’s no surprise then that Japanese design firm Nendo, directed by Oki Sato, introduced a gold-standard line of minimal seating called Tape. But the sofa is the true star of this collective range. With a sense of playfulness, Sato and his team recreated the concept of support feet with a sense of irony that manifests externally on the structure.
The Tape name refers to the couture-like detail that envelopes the sofa holding up the bronze-finished metal feet. While customizable in a range of leather and fabric coverings, the soft oatmeal felt body which is contrasted against a leather-covered shell back, exude an overall sense of Zen. In effect, this piece fittingly delivers Japanese calming meditation in the form of a couch.
Approaching modernist-minimalist design with a historical and cultural perspective from today’s viewpoint is the ethos behind the New York-based design studio Apparatus. Creative Gabriel Hendifar aptly named this Metronome lamp for “the measure and balance of its namesake”.
With a mushroom-like shade crafted from brushed brass, the lamp base concludes in a bronze sphere that rests comfortably in a tobacco suede conical base. A tunnel in the bottom displays the inner workings of this statement-making light fixture.
The most investment-worthy lighting often does double-duty as objet d’art. Such can be said for the Flu floor lamp by Nikos Koronis at StudioTwentySeven. Made in Italy from beautiful white Carrara marble, this sculpture resembles two wine bottles with elongated spouts touching midair. Despite its smooth curves and balanced lines, this lamp is anything but subtle.
Once the protégé of the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld, Stéphane Parmentier, began his career working for the famed German designer who helmed Chanel before he switched gears into the world of interior design. Since 2002 the interior architect has dedicated himself full-time to creating spaces and designing objects.
His impressive Aurelia Bench is part of the Giobagnara Collection. It is also available at StudioTwentySeven, the New York and Miami-based design collection of iconic, contemporary, limited-edition collectible home furnishings founded by creative director Nacho Polo.
The French designer’s aesthetic ranges from classical Greco-Roman antiquity, the vistas of Puglia, Japanese restraint, and a laser-cut vision for the essential. The Aurelia bench is a semi-cylinder resting on a concave block pedestal. Most definitely rarified seating made for modern gods.
From the incomparable Milanese Dimorestudio, which boasts a collection of vintage originals and lust-worthy vintage-inspired furniture, comes the Poltrona small side chair. In a fortified green mohair velvet covering a metal base, this signature Dimorestudio piece is the perfect minimalist furniture piece that can also work in a maximal space. Its simple block shape is enhanced through the compelling yet unexpected combination of a vibrant deep green finished with a sleek brass trim.
For the last decade or so, Pinto Paris has been stirring up the furnishings world with its one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces constructed from rare materials. Each hand-crafted piece is distinguished by craftsmanship, graphic elegance and top-notch finishes. Additionally, Pinto Paris pieces are made in France by skilled craftsmen including trained stonemasons, bronzers, cabinetmakers, and specialized lacquer artisans. This round dining table made from mother-of-pearl marquetry is a testament to founder Albert Pinto’s rarified vision and highly-collectible oeuvre.
The Belle chair from designer Naoto Fukasawa could have been a beast. Instead, it artfully channels a regal elegance through its sparse purity. The obtuse angles of the curved seat back and slightly outward-jutting legs add a sense classicism to the chairs. If you detect a hint of the 18th century, it’s not by mistake. The chair is named for the classic Disney heroine, Belle, and is available at B&B Italia.
Why not bring a little bit of Italy home? This short marble side table makes it easy. On this piece, intricacy and minimalism find themselves at peace in this visually captivating side table from the Marble House available at Nest Casa. Rendered in deep grey marble, these minimalist side tables are made from various marble stones to combine in a truly one-of-a-kind piece.
This simple console by Arcahorn is more than just a box. It’s a veritable frame for your wall. Made from finely-crafted dark horn, black lacquered wood, and set on a chic chrome base, this stunner from Artemest adds a classy punctuation point to any minimal décor.
By definition, a stool doesn’t typically conjure images of high design. Rarely does the concept of simple – in this case, a round cylinder pedestal with a hefty disc atop – compel a sense of intrigue. But this Jade Orange stool from Draga & Aurel is a truly investment-worthy proposition. Its versatile design works equally well when styled in with anything from mid-century, minimalist or any similar contemporary design setting. Belonging to the Transparency Matters Collection, this piece is intricately-crafted from brass and resin through a rarified hand-casting method.