18 Pieces of Furniture to Create Your Own Modern Minimalist Home Office

A Guide to Creating Your Modern, Minimalist Home Office

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Today, minimalism colloquially refers to a reduction to essentials of form, color, and function. In fact, minimalism developed from an art movement that peaked in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. Artists solidly rejected representational art. Minimalist pieces were geometric, often featuring rectangles. From natural materials to primary colors, there were many different ways to approach the new art movement. All of them asked the viewer simply to confront and engage with the physical piece before them; in this way, minimalist was related to conceptual art. According to the Tate, “Aesthetically, minimalist art offers a highly purified form of beauty.”

Some famous minimalists include Sol LeWitt, the prodigious creator of the famous, precise wall drawings. Donald Judd was another minimalist, who used a variety of materials in both color and monochrome. Meanwhile, in Frank Stella's work, bright colors do not necessarily signify any emotion—they’re just there, like the notes of the jazz song inspiring them.

Bringing the aesthetic of minimalism into your home is possible on a budget with some thoughtful purchases. The great minimalists created furniture such as Judd's Prototype Desk and Chairs (1979–80). This piece is now jointly owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Huntington Library, but check it out to get inspired. Scroll down for some of the pieces which can bring that purified, modern beauty to your home office.

Minimalist Furniture for Modern Sensibilities

 

Utilitarian Desk

Modern Minimal Desk

CubiCubi | $79.99

 

Stylish Swivel Chair

Office Desk Chair

Furmax | $57.99

 

Jute Rug

Natural Jute Accent Rug

nuLOOM | $29.94+

 

Mid-Century Tree Bookshelf

Tree Bookcase

Rolanstar | $79.99

 

Speck of Color Rug

Dots Area Rug

nuLOOM | $44+

 

For the Desktop

 

Standing Desktop

 

Desk Calendar

Minimalist Desk Calendar

papersushi | $12+

 

Concrete Ombre Pencil Cup

 

Architectural Laptop Stand

Laptop Stand

kalibri | $48.99

 

Acrylic Picture Frame

Acrylic Picture Frame

Ailelan | $13.46

 

Brass Hexagonal Pen

Hexagonal brass Pen

STOBERI | $32+

 

Concrete Planter

Minimalist Concrete Planter

Mollie MarieCo | $16.99+

 

Matte Ceramic Vases

 

For the Wall

 

Acrylic Dry Erase Panel

Acrylic Dry erase Board

ACUstomCut | $19+

 

Minimalist Travel Posters

 

For Long Workdays

 

Cute Espresso Cups

 

Bold Coffee Mugs

Ceramic Nordic Modern Coffee Mugs

CallunaCo | $13

 

Candle Warmer

 

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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