5 Functional Items for the Minimalistic Home or Office

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Minimalism is growing as a movement, and more and more people are becoming attracted to the minimalistic lifestyle for good reason. There are several reasons why minimalism is so attractive in today’s society including: a growing concern for the environment, a lack of trust in the current economic status (from the worldwide financial turmoil to personal debt), and a feeling of increased global social awareness of injustice and poverty.

Modern aesthetics experienced a large growth in the 1960s and 1970s, and these same principles continue to govern modern design. Here are five functional items that can help create your home or office into a minimalistic workspace to offer you a more productive lifestyle:

5 O'Clock Wall Clock

5 O’Clock Wall Clock

Also affectionately known as the “working man’s clock”, this clock will help remind you when you can get off of work. Perfect for the office, the 5 O’Clock Wall Clock keeps you on track and can help make your work go faster. Due to its quartz movement, it only functions on one AA battery that is included, and is easily replaced. This is also an excellent gift to give your friends at work.

Verbarius

Verbarius Clock

If the 5 O’Clock Wall Clock is too confusing for you, try this handy Vebarius clock instead. The Verbarius clock makes telling time simple and easy with words and phrases instead of numbers. This is the perfect clock for your office or study room at home. The little black box will show messages such as “midnight” to “fifty-five minutes to eleven p.m” to keep you on track in whatever task you may be doing.

The clock comes preloaded in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian, and you can easily add in any other language through the USB port.

Bin Bin Waste Basket

Bin Bin Waste Basket

The Bin Bin Waste Basket is designed by John Brauer and has won several design awards including the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award, and the IF-product Design Award. It is shaped like a crinkled paper and comes in black or white. Whether you put this in your office or home, it will be a great addition to the room and can bring character and class.

Conceal Bookshelf

Large Conceal Shelf

This Conceal Bookshelf is the essence of minimalism. Not only does it hold an extremely functional element in storing your books, it also hides its use so that it seems like there are simple a stack of books floating on your wall. The invisible bookshelf will not only allow you to organize your office or home so that it looks clean, it also has a sense of style that cannot be missed.

Mr. N LED Lamp

Mr. N LED Lamp

This compact table lamp not only works as a lamp but also is a beautiful sculpture that will sit perfectly in your home. Whether you use it as a nightstand, desk or simple a decoration, you can control the lighting by a quick touch. This beautiful lamp has won both Interior Design’s Best of Year Honoree 2013 Product and Spark Awards 2013 Bronze Winner.

Having this in your home will be a highlight and people may comment that they recognize this Mr. N LED Lamp from the first episode of the television series, “Better Call Saul”. You also will receive a cloth to clean it as well as a free mini LED rotating joint clip book light when you order.

Gift Guide for Art Lovers

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Are you tired of always having to think of gifts to buy your friends and loved ones?

Perhaps there are some people in your life where finding a gift to buy can be extremely hard. Finding gifts for art lovers can sometimes be a challenge because you want to give them something they will appreciate. If you are not familiar with art yourself, you may have a difficult time stepping into their shoes and knowing what they will appreciate.

We all have a few of those friends who are avid art lovers and if you are having some trouble picking out things for these friends, here are some creative suggestions that anyone will enjoy.

Timesphere Clock MoMA

Timesphere Clock

This sleek, modern clock with “MoMA” printed in the front center is the perfect gift to give your art loving friends. The minimalist design works in relation to its function and the clock can be seen as a work of art in a home. The most intriguing component of it is how the red ball appears to float around the clock to tell time.

MoMA Scribble Doodle Placemats

MoMA Scribble and Doodles Placemats

These MoMA placemats can be given in good humor but also serve a great purpose. The simple yet fun design of doodles on a table will be greatly appreciated by your art lover friend. You can choose from “scribbles” or “doodles” or a combination of both. The black color will match any table and they are easily washed by hand.

History of Art Coasters

History of Art Coasters

The perfect gift to those people who may always be talking about successful artists in their free time, the History of Art Coasters is a part of the MoMA Store design and mimics the style of six famous Artists: Dali, Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko, and Warhol. Any art lover will find these coasters both humorous and useful in their home. It will also be an excellent conversation starter for them in the future.

Spring Pencil Cup Holder

Spring Pencil Cup Holder

A great gift to give a coworker or school friend, this Pencil Cup Holder not only serves a great purpose but also looks elegant in doing so. Your artistic friends might be slightly creative and messy, so what better gift to give them than a pencil holder to store all their markers, pens, and pencils. The holder was designed by Hiromitsu Kaedeoka for the Museum of Modern Art! and the design is based on the energy of a spring unleashing its power into the air.

These ideas are all perfect for the modern home, and are also useful so that your gift will be properly used and not sit in a box for years to come!

Inspired Lighting for Your Home

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Lighting design is an important factor in making your home shine, and can really be the difference in the atmosphere and vibe your home gives. From bright white lights that open up a space, to dim candlelights that create an intimate surrounding, inspired lighting for your home may be exactly what you need.

Here are some lighting ideas for different rooms in the home:

Living Room

The living room is a place where you host guests, have family time, and is a place of entertainment. The lighting in your living room can be flashy and a work of art in itself.

This Mr. N Led Table Lamp by Koncept is an excellent example of good lighting for the living room. You can choose to have it on all the way or opt for a dim lighting, for example, when you are watching a movie. The arch-shaped makes it a unique design and truly a piece of art.

Mr N LED table lamp

Kitchen + Dining

The kitchen and dining area is where the focus on food and silverware, and the lighting should be a background that does not speak too loudly for itself. A simple, clean design such as this Atomic Truffle LED Lamp in white or black is the perfect accessory that does not speak too loudly, yet still offers a nice background lighting.

Atomic Truffle Lamp

Bedroom

As the bedroom is a place of ambience and peace, the lighting should reflect the calm atmosphere. The Element Touch Lamp works for both luminescent lighting as well as references a gentle wave, sweeping through your room. This is the perfect piece to put on your nightstand, as a gentle touch of the fingertip will turn it on and off, making it a convenient reading lamp.

LED Element Touch Lamp

Bathroom

Candles are an excellent addition to a bathroom to create a mood of rest and preparing for the end of the day. During the daylight, it works as a great decoration as well. Find some nice scents to kill two birds with one stone, and place them in a beautiful candle holder such as the Stunning Cube Tea-light Holder.

tealight holders

Garden

Create a relaxing retreat center in your own backyard by hanging the LUMBRA Lantern in various places. This warm and cozy reference to old-fashioned design will light up any backyard and transform it into a beautiful space to rest in warm spring or summer nights.

Lumbra Lantern

What do you think of these inspired light rooms? Do you pay attention to the lighting in your home? We would love to hear your opinion, let us know in the comments below!

5 Functional Items For Your Modern Bathroom

A good shower can be the difference between a bright and productive day or a dreary and miserable day. There are many little things that you can do to make sure you have the best experience in your shower so that you feel clean and refreshed.

Below are just a few products you can consider for your bathroom to optimize your shower experience:

Wiper Mirror

Wiper Mirror

We all know the feeling of frustration from coming out of the shower and looking into a foggy mirror. Especially on busy mornings when you may already be late, the last thing you want to do is wait for the fog to disappear. The Wiper Mirror is the perfect solution, and in a matter of seconds, you will be able to see your beautiful reflection once again.

Blomus Sento Glass Shelf

SENTO Glass Shelf

This luxurious glass shelf will make you feel as if you had stepped into a high-end hotel. Fitted perfectly for your bath area, this Sento shelf by Blomus will make your bath time feel cleaner and refreshed. You can easily place all your cleaning products onto the shelf, and it will have a self-adhesive option so that your walls will not be ruined.

Umbra Bask Caddy Shower Organizer

Bask Shower Caddy

If you are more about convenience than luxury, perhaps this Bask Shower Caddy is better suited for your shower. There are three storage baskets, making it the perfect addition if you are sharing the bathroom with someone else. The design is well suited with holes on the bottom to allow any access water to drain out by itself. It easily hangs from your shower head or curtain rod so that you have easy access at all times.

Zadro Fogless LED Light Shower Mirror with Clock

Fogless LED Light Shower Mirror with Clock

Not only is this handy dandy mirror already fog less, it also has LED Surround Light Technology that will automatically turn off after 5 minutes. For those of us that need a closer look at our face sometimes, you can change the magnification up to 5X. If that is not enough to impress you, there is also an alarm clock so you can make sure your mornings go smoothly with a timed shower.

Cotton Pad Dispenser

NEXIO Cotton Swab and Pads Dispenser

Cotton swabs and pads are a necessity for the bathroom. Whether it is wiping off makeup or cleaning your face, this Cotton Swab and Pad dispenser will allow you to conveniently have everything right on the counter. An organized bathroom can help you feel more calm and ready for the day.