Gift Guide: Contemporary & Minimalist
Welcome to round 3 of our Gift Guides inspired by STYLED, a home interior design book you may or may not have heard of. Today we bring you a mash up of the Contemporary and Minimal design worlds. Don’t worry — while it may seem ironic that we’ve combined the two most stripped-down, clutter-free categories to make one (kind of) giant gift guide, you should also know that Contemporary Minimalists happen to love irony, so it’s ok.
[photo from Murray Mitchell]
Clean lines, minimal clutter, and streamlined pieces have become synonymous with living in the here and now, which is what our Contemporary Minimalists are all about. Froufrou flourishes and fluffy fabrics of the past are few and far between in the contemporary/minimal home. Rather than hoarding kind-of-cool stuff, these highly sophisticated folks tend to collect just the attractive versions of what they need, and display them in a simple, organized way. White surfaces and limited neutral color palettes take simplicity and organization to the next level.
[Masculine Clean Modern from 1 Bed 4 Ways]
While sometimes stark and a little on the cold side, contemporary/minimal homes can also be extremely peaceful. Our brains like things to be organized, so with few distractions and everything in it’s right place, these spaces are like a vacation for the brain. There’s something to be said for restraint and discipline, so kudos to those of you achieving a true contemporary/minimal lifestyle. Here are some gift ideas for our favorite pared down pals…
1. Gesturing Man Print | 2. B&W Spirograph Print | 3. Ben Medansky Ceramic Mug | 4. B&W Speckled Tray | 5. Black Ceramic Mini Bowl | 6. Marble and Silver Candle Holders | 7. Stainless Steel S’well Thermos | 8. Modern Wall Shelf | 9. Specs Chair | 10. Black Table Lamp | 11. Silver Nesting Tables | 12. Geometric Throw | 13. Brush Striped Pillow | 14. Metallic Lumbar Pillow | 15. Tom Dixon Royalty Candle | 16. Charcoal Hand Soap | 17. White Spa Towels | 18. Top Shop Slim Fit Coat | 19. Marble iPhone Case | 20. Oversized Tote Bag | 21. Mizutori Sandal | 22. White Geo Vessel | 23. Dash Vase
If you missed our last two roundups, we’ve covered Seventies and Rustic so far. Contemporary and Minimal were in high demand last time, so let us know what you want to see next! Is it Scandinavian, Zen, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, Modern Glam, Traditional, or Totally Eighties?
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the book, and are craving some more interior and style inspiration you can pick up your copy here, and while you’re impatiently waiting for that postman to arrive you can check out some behind the scenes, and a few more peeks inside the pages of the book here: Book Title And Cover Options | The Real Book Cover | Behind The Book – Styling The Perfect Shot | Styled On Shelves Now
*written by Jessica Isaac for EHD