11 Howard Hotel, NYC
Located in NYC's SoHo, boutique hotel 11 Howard eschews gimmicks and over-the-top glitz for a timeless Danish minimalist aesthetic. The space feels entirely part of NYC and, at the same time, a world away from the city's ceaseless pulse. Visitors...
Ode Lamp
In classic Herman Miller style, the Ode Lamp (available in desk or floor sizes and colors) is minimalism and function executed to perfection. The sophisticated lamp is a little space-age—you even turn it off by touching the stem—but also delightfully...
MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design
Stuart Tolley's (creative director and founder of graphic design studio Transmission) last book “Collector’s Edition” was all about unusual, mind-bending and sometimes over-the-top designs—he also created the striking Artist Cover Bomb series for...
Piaule's Perfect Towel
We've seen a rising interest in thoughtful homeware shopping—beyond bookshelf tchotchkes—from the recently-launched e-commerce site Snowe (offering luxury home essentials at direct-to-consumer prices) to Notting Hill shop Native & Co (sourcing...
The Light Phone: Designed for Disconnecting
Phone addiction is real—as evidenced by a quick glance down the street, in the subway, even at the dinner table—and is one of the reasons why Apple developed a watch: so we would look at our screens less and be present more. For some, however, a smartwatch...
Muller van Severen at Matter NYC
Belgian design team Muller van Severen is a paragon of creative conspiracy. What started out in 2011 as a simple experiment in co-creation between married visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes van Severen resulted in a critically acclaimed collection...
Javi Design Letterbox
While many take careful consideration when choosing a mailbox, finer details are more often than not an afterthought, with most mailboxes conforming to a uniform design that serves a basic function. But if the front door acts as the first impression...
Kazuko Miyamoto
by Charlotte Anderson Invisible Exports is a small gallery space that sits just on the border of Chinatown behind an unassuming door at 89 Eldridge Street. There on view until 2 March 2014 are the seminal works of Kazuko Miyamoto, one of the most...
Studio Visit: Material Lust
Located on the invisible line that divides the East Village and Gramercy is the home and studio of Lauren Larson and Christian Swafford, the two young artists behind provocative design firm, Material Lust. Upon entering the loft, visitors are immediately...
Premium T-shirts and basics are a luxury—if you don't try it, you won't know what you're missing, but once you do it's hard to go back to anything else. With that in mind, the plush and expertly crafted sweatshirts, henley shirts, T-shirts and underwear...
Greenhouse Pot
Started in 2010 as a nomadic design gallery operating across Europe, Store Without a Home is now a permanent fixture in Amsterdam complete with an online shop. Their Greenhouse Pot is a beautiful, smart way to urban garden, and with its minimalist...
Miró Watches
Miró launched at the end of 2012, quietly and without fuss—marking the intentions of yet another new watch brand from Sweden. The country is turning into quite the horological landmark, with a clear split between intelligent and technically advanced...
The Originals Collection
Made in Amsterdam, The Originals Collection from Mujjo celebrates the understated but energetic nature of signature Dutch design, which Mujjo founder Remy Nagelmaeker describes as "contemporary and simple, but elegant and often innovative in shape...
Unit Portables 05-08
Based in the haven for functional modernist design, Stockholm's Unit Portables is the brainchild of a group of likeminded individuals educated in product, fashion and technology design. Founder Andreas Ehde and his team of creatives designed...
The Emporium of Postmodern Activities
by Mark Buche "The Emporium of Postmodern Activities" is the US foothold of Sydney-based custom motorcycle maker Deus ex Machina. The Venice extension is a move to establish a beach presence where people are able to move through the space and experience...
Designer's Days in Paris
The 12th edition of Designer's Days decorated Paris inside and out last weekend. The celebration brought a varied bunch of innovative creations all over the city, involving a blend of venues and actors, famous design brands, exclusive creators, art...
The Moneywrap
Dreaded by minimalists and doctors alike ("Wallet Sciatica" is an actual medical condition), the bulky Costanza wallet is swiftly becoming a thing of the past thanks to sharp designs like the Moneywrap. Produced by the international notebook and...
Meta Watch
With the distinction of being the first watch to ship with Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility, Meta Watch represents the logical next step in digital timekeeping. The product leverages new Bluetooth capabilities—namely, more efficient energy usage...
Alpha Wave
Opening tomorrow at Duve Berlin, an exhibition of new work by Evan Gruzis explores the interstices of waking and dreaming life. "Alpha Wave" derives its aesthetic from the afterimage effect—the "burning" of an image on ones vision after the...
Striking a balance between simplicity and intricacy, husband and wife design duo John and Svetlana (Lana) Briscella seamlessly merge their talents in Aminimal, a multifaceted studio that pushes the dimensions of industrial design. Aptly named...
The Holy Trinity
There are a few essentials you never leave home without: your keys, your phone, your wallet. These represent the survivalist accessories of modern life, and they should be carefully considered—after all, they remain the stronghold of minimalism...
Named for the diminutive island dwellers of Gulliver's Travels, Liliput is a petite new pen from heritage German pen-maker Kaweco. True to its name, the pen measures only 3.8 inches when closed, expanding to five when posed for writing. At first...
A simple concept with an equally simple name, "Chair" has an extended backrest, designed so you can easily throw your arm over it and relax. Easily stackable and with a straightforward geometric form, on first take Chair looks like it might be one...
Artek 2011
In 2010 Artek celebrated its 75th anniversary. This past week as part of Milan's design festivities, the Finnish company made a strong statement positioning themselves with a confident eye toward the future, grounded by their design heritage as they...