Housewarming gift ideas and best things to buy for the home: Furniture, lighting, accessories and decoration
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Minimalism is not just about monotonous black-and-white interiors, simple lines and OCD arrangements; it's a lifestyle that revolves around the "less is more" ideology that believes in stripping away the unnecessary and focusing on the essential. Here are our favourites at the moment.
Item: Aesop Istros Aromatique Room Spray
Banish unwelcoming odours of sweaty shoes and sambal blachan with Aesop's Istros aromatique room spray. Its main notes of pink pepper, lavender and tobacco will add an atmospheric depth of character to your home instead of the nose-scrunching lemony zest of cheap home air fresheners.
Item: YPPERLIG LED Floor Lamp
The YPPERLIG line is a collaborative effort between mass-market Swedish furniture company IKEA and coveted Danish design label HAY. While it might look like a straightfoward floor lamp, the twig-thin body belies its flexible functionality: a built-in touch dimmer allows it to be turned on, off and dimmed with only the slightest touch; its skinny arm and head can also be adjusted and directed wherever neccessary. To top it all off, its LED light source consumes up to 85% less energy and lasts 20 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Item: Cold Picnic Private Parts Bath Mat
Whoever said Minimalism is boring definitely didn't come across Cold Picnic's tongue-in-cheek rugs. Their NSFW "Private Parts" line of nude bath mats is made from 100% New Zealand wool yarn.
Item: AllMordern Caines Coffee Table
The egged-shaped table's slim metal legs give the table a mid-century look without calling too much attention to itself.
Item: Louis Ghost Arm Chair by Kartell
Inspired by the exuberant Baroque era, Philippe Starck's iconic Louis Ghost chair reduces the decorative elements of a typical salon chair until all that remains is its ghostly transparent plastic form.