• Afteroom Bench
    Afteroom Bench is a beautiful tribute to Bauhaus and functionalism, reducing the amount of material to a minimum and enhancing the aesthetic appearance to a maximum. The idea of the Stockholm based design studio Afteroom is to transform a side table and a bench into one piece. By changing the backrest into a plate, the […]
  • Luba
    Ionna Vautrin’s Luba reimagines the outdoor bench. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, this piece was born from soft and generous lines whose presence is delicate and discreet. 1400mm in length and 500mm in width, Luba is made from a preformed plastic and was originally launched in 2014. The simplicity of the lines and […]
  • Fabbrica Series
    Fabbrica is a family of objects produced by Venice-based brand Mingardo designed by Revesz+Tatangelo, a collaboration between industrial designers Omri Revesz, an Israeli based in Venice, and Damian Tatangelo, an Australian based in Rotterdam. Presented last April at Salone del Mobile in Milan as part of the ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ exhibition curated by PS and […]
  • Softer than steel
    From one of Japan’s luminaries of simplicity, Tokyo-based design studio Nendo, comes a delightfully ethereal furniture collection created for Italian company Desalto, known for their metal furniture. The wonder of the collection lies precisely in the fluid, light way the hard steel is worked, bent as naturally as if it were paper, as described by Nendo. […]
  • W1200xD380xH480
    Minimalist Japanese design has been celebrated on a number of occasions on Minimalissimo, and today I am delighted to share with you product designer Kana Nakanishi‘s wonderful W1200xD380xH480 Finnish birch wood bench. Named simply after its dimensions, the seat’s U-shaped back rest doubles as its legs, sitting diagonally through the base. The design is minimal, […]
  • The Simple Things
    Sara Mellone is an Art and Design graduate at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Her graduation project, presented in February 2013, is an award winning furniture series called The Simple Things. The project comprises pieces of furniture, including a strong, but lightweight bench and two stools made from 2.5 mm sheets of aluminium that […]
  • Common
    Naoto Fukasawa has recently completed this inspiring design for the Spanish furniture brand Viccarbe. A modular seating system, called Common, is comprised of eight cushioned forms, varying in size and height. Each piece is supported by the natural oak hardwood feet. The collection is accompanied by two auxiliary tables, also made of solid oak. I love how […]
  • Swing
    Polish product designer Jan Kochański, based in Warsaw, has created this beautiful, minimalist and chic collection of outdoor rocking benches called Swing, each piece comprising bent steel and metal sheets. Designed for the Polish furniture brand, Delivié, the Swing collection’s inspiration derives from childhood activities. There is something special in rocking and swinging that gives […]
  • 04 Counter
    To mark its 75th anniversary Knoll joined forces with OMA, co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. At Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan earlier this month they launched a new collection of kinetic furniture called Tools for Life. The collection features adjustable tables, swivel chairs, a stool, an executive desk, and other items. The minimalist […]
  • Tom Kundig Collection
    The Tom Kundig Collection, launched in 2012 by Olsen Kundig Architects is a celebration of the moments when people become kinetically involved with the buildings and spaces they inhabit. The series features a variety of differing interaction scenarios, suitably named peek, no peek, droop, pull and earless. The collection is one of stylised conscious consideration […]
  • Kami
    Stockholm based studio Claesson Koivisto Rune was founded by designers Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune. The multi-disciplinary studio, which was originally an architectural office, have produced Kami – a minimalist-inspired series consisting of precise and elegantly designed tables and benches. Kami (paper in Japanese), true to the rules of sobriety and elegance, features […]
  • Simplissimo
    The Simplissimo collection was created by French architect and designer Jean Nouvel for the furniture manufacturer Ligne Roset. The line consists of chaise lounge, banquette, fireside chair, footstool and bench. As the name suggests, the objects are deliciously minimal and understated. Viewed in profile, each Simplissimo piece looks as if it has been designed with two […]
  • Oak
    This is Oak, the result of an extracurricular, collaborative student workshop at Lund University School of Industrial Design, Sweden. The goal: to explore archetypes and stereotypes in the world of furniture. The group developed a range of independent pieces, but which are actually impressively coherent. Of course it helps that they’re all made from the […]
  • The Invisibles Light
    In 2010 Tokujin Yoshioka introduced The Invisibles, a collection of invisible furniture for Kartell that employed their pioneering polycarbonate technology to produce a thickness never before seen or manufactured. This year Yoshioka introduced at the Milan Design Week 2011 a Light version of The Invisibles with a similar profile but made with a thinner acrylic. […]
  • MAKR Carry Goods
    MAKR is the brainchild of Jason Gregory, who designs and patterns every product (and produces all of the hand-sewn small goods in house) along with his team. Composed mostly of bags, cases and accessories, MAKR products are all invariably designed in clean lines and their apparent simplicity and effortlessness belie quite a sophisticated build. The […]
  • Silva/Bradshaw
    Without friends where would we be? My good friend Sonia of Area22 dropped us a line about Silva/Bradshaw, a small design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Apparently, they have something good to offer – and yes they do! Silva/Bradshaw, founded in 2010, is the combination of Sergio Silva and Matthew Bradshaw. Their portfolio spans furniture, […]
  • Blox
    I myself am a pretty hardcore minimalist in my taste for furniture. I’m a sucker for that rational minimalism, where even the variation in an object’s proportions is brought down to the minimum. And so, cubes appeal to me. Consider the Blox Cube. Doesn’t it remind you of our godfather Donald Judd’s cubes? And then there’s […]
  • The Sofa Ruché
    This sofa contains a secret. I need softness to satisfy my need for order and aesthetic expression. The stark wood base of this sofa is pure minimalism. But the upholstered, quilted blanket wrapping the minimalist frame is traditional and deliberately loose fitting. The Sofa Ruché, for Ligne Roset, by French designer Inga Sempé, is a conceptual provocation, currently on display at maison […]
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  • Waterside
    I’m a big fan of Claudio Silvestrin‘s work: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious. Silvestrin made this macassar ebony Waterside bench-with-armrest in 2001 for Cappellini. The bench is one simple play of proportion. The retail price however is of a different proportion ;-)
  • Laurel
    Such a simple shape, so unpretentious, but so chic: bench Laurel. This elegent furniture piece is designed by Mark Goetz for Bernhardt. It comes in no less than eight wood finishes and two cushion colours.