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. For example, 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. Subsequently, it’s no surprise then that Japanese design firm Nendo introduced Tape. This line is a gold-standard for the best minimalist furniture. But the sofa is the true star of this range. With a sense of playfulness, director Oki Sato and his team recreated the concept of support feet with a sense of irony that manifests externally on the structure.
To explain, the Tape name refers to the couture-like detail that envelopes the sofa. Specifically, this component holds up the bronze-finished metal feet. It’s important to realize the sofa comes with a customizable range of leather and fabric coverings. Notably, the soft oatmeal felt body contrasted against a leather-covered shell back exudes a sense of Zen. In effect, this piece fittingly delivers Japanese calming meditation in the form of a couch.
Surely approaching today’s modernist-minimalist furniture design with a historical and cultural perspective is the ethos behind the New York-based design studio Apparatus. Namely, creator Gabriel Hendifar aptly named this Metronome table 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 resting comfortably in a tobacco suede conical base. Additionally, a tunnel in the bottom displays the inner workings of this statement-making light fixture.
Obviously, the most investment-worthy lighting often does double-duty as objet d’art. To demonstrate, examine the Flu floor lamp by Nikos Koronis at StudioTwentySeven. Made in Italy from beautiful white Carrara marble, this sculpture, by and large, resembles two wine bottles with elongated spouts touching midair. Evidently, despite its smooth curves and balanced lines, this minimalist furniture style 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. Yet eventually, 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.
To demonstrate, 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, to explain.
Overall, 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, for example. Indeed it’s most definitely rarified seating made for modern gods.
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The classic Murena chair gets an update as a soft low armchair thanks to Marta Sala Editions. Now dubbed the P6 Silla armchair and designed by Lazzarini & Pickering, this version is covered in soft, nubby faux teddy fur.
In fact, the chair is a result of Marta Sala and architects Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering’s shared philosophy. Evidently, the trio shares the belief that architecture is the foundation of design and furniture the dialogue.
Namely, in the spirit of iconic design, the range of minimalist furniture combines modernist lines and luxurious details. With this in mind, Sala aims to infuse everyday pieces with a meaning that the firm refers to as “The secret soul of useful things.”
For the last decade or so, Pinto Paris has stirred up the furnishings’ world with one-of-a-kind and limited-edition minimalist furniture pieces constructed from rare materials.
Case in point, 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 stonemasons, bronzers, cabinetmakers, and specialized lacquer artisans. For instance, this round dining table from mother-of-pearl marquetry is a testament to founder Albert Pinto’s. As an illustration, it displays his 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 of 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. In 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.
Ultimately, this simple console by Arcahorn is more than just a box. In Fact, it’s a veritable frame for your wall. In detail, this carré is made from finely-crafted dark horn, black lacquered wood, and set on a chic chrome base. Certainly, this stunner from minimalist furniture stockist Artemest adds a classy punctuation point to 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. Thus, 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.