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Flat Pack Spherical iIndoor Garden Is The Hardest IKEA Project Ever

As more people get on board of sustainable living, minimalism, creating eco-friendly households and growing their own food, they’re looking into easier ways to implement those ideas into their everyday lives. Gardening is one of the trends more and more people become passionate about, however, a lot of individuals willing to start their own small vegetable or herb garden consider it almost impossible or too much effort due to their living conditions. How would you grow your own veggies, greens or herbs if you live in an apartment or a house with minimal backyard space? And what about unfavorable climate and winter time?

Well, looks like IKEA found an easy and inexpensive solution to that issue. They launched Growroom – a concept and a building plan of an indoor spherical garden made of plywood. Following the instructions provided by the company, one can build this unconventionally looking planter at home or at the office and grow organic vegetables without respect of weather conditions or outdoor space availability.

IKEA designed this garden the way that every customer is able to assemble it without any particular issues and made it quite accessible for different people and communities. Maximizing the growing space and transforming an indoor planter into a wonderful piece of the interior, this spherical garden is designed to empower people to try growing their own fresh foods, experience the excitement of picking their own vegetables once they’re ready and connect people with nature.

The creator’s aim also includes promoting green living practices, local food production and environment awareness among average people.

IKEA’s one of the practical and easy-to-implement sustainable living ideas was brought to life in cooperation with Space10. This urban farm pavilion’s design suits modern and traditional interiors while its sliced structure provides optimal lighting and water flow conditions for proper indoor growth of weeks-worth supply of greens and vegetables.

One doesn’t have to be a man of all work to set this thing up, even though this indoor garden will probably be the most difficult IKEA furniture assembly project to get done. But, this flat pack is definitely worth the effort (something you rarely say about IKEA, huh?).

You may find 17-step instructions on Space10 website or IKEA’s Medium page.

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‘Battery Charging Station For Humans’ Is The Idea Behind This Plug-And-Play Cabin

Do you ever feel like the urban chaos is a bit too much to cope with sometimes? Danish retailer Vipp does, and so they’ve started to factory-manufacture these metal-and-glass micro cabins that they describe as “battery-charging stations for humans.”

The design screams (or rather whispers) minimalism. It’s basically a plug-and-play rectangular metal-and-glass box elevated off the ground by pilotis. The 55-square-meters interior is divided into two floors. On the main level, the dwelling contains a kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom and a daybed room with a fireplace, while the ladder takes you to the narrow sleeping loft with the glazed ceiling.

There is one caveat though, which is the price of this nature retreat. Each micro-house costs €580,000 ($585,000), excluding the cabin’s transportation. Plus, each of them takes six months to produce and three to five days to install.

But what are your thoughts on it? Would you swap your home for this? Let us know in the comments!

More info: vipp (h/t: dezeen)

Danish retailer Vipp describes it as “battery-charging stations for humans”

“A plug-and-play getaway that allows you to escape urban chaos”

It takes only three to five days to install

While it takes around six months to produce a single cabin

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Messana O’Rorke Goes Minimalist for Malin+Goetz’s Century City Shop

Flooring throughout is LV Wood Flooring’s European oak in a herringbone installation. Photography by Eric Laignel.


For more than 20 years Messana O’Rorke has lent its bold minimalism to residences from coast to coast. There’s a good chance that over the decades many of those home owners have stocked their bathrooms and showers with products from Malin+Goetz, the go-to brand for high-design hygiene aficionados. Messana O’Rorke has even designed a few Malin+Goetz shops, including locations on New York’s Madison Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and outposts in Santa Monica and downtown LA.

Raised, backlit stainless-steel letters with LED lighting announce the entrance. Photography by Eric Laignel.

For their latest collaboration, a shop in Century City’s Westfield Mall, they wanted to go back to the beginning. “Our inspiration was the original store in Chelsea,” says co-founder and principal Brian Messana. “We wanted to create two distinct spaces in one, and specific areas for the product lines, which the Chelsea store successfully achieves.”

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An Arabescato marble island houses a sink by Kohler Co. with a Vola faucet. Photography by Eric Laignel.


As does Century City, with a light and bright entrance area finished in diamond plaster and a rear area in wall-to-wall-to-ceiling fumed oak. Finishes of black granite and marble reference the brand’s black-and-white packaging, which surely will look just as fresh in another 20 years.

A dramatic expanse of absolute black granite forms a display in the back of the shop. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Acrylic shelves allow the products to float against the walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Near the back, walls and ceilings of fumed 12-inch wide European oak meet walls of polished and waxed diamond plaster. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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Musen Design Lets the Light into a Taiwanese Hair Salon

Custom wine racks serve as a screen near reception, bordering a bar area with custom pendants and stools. Photography by Hey!cheese.


Musen Design has made a name for itself throughout Taiwan for its artful residential interiors. The firm’s signature minimalism recently transformed a former restaurant in a rundown building into vibrant new location for Turning Around, the salon of a well-known stylist in Tainan.

The 1,000-square-foot space, with an addition 300-square-foot exterior space, utilizes the original arched, load-bearing wall to form separate salon and social spaces that retain illumination from vast windows overlooking a neighboring park. “Because of the surface lighting and reflections from the custom mirrors, the pure, white theme, which met the proprietor’s demands and also suits the brand, brims with life,” says design director Eric Cho.

A custom mirror hangs over the bathroom’s custom vanity, with refurbished windows overlooking the park. Photography by Hey!cheese.


Small details add interest, such as a small forest of potted plants arranged throughout and metallic wallpaper applied to the interiors of the arched passageways between spaces. “We applied gold lacquer in some details,” Cho says, with a nod to the previous incarnation of the space, “which lets the shop’s customers enjoy a visual feast along with their salon service.”

Views of a nearby park reflect on the main salon’s flooring, which alternates between polished concrete and epoxy. Photography by Hey!cheese.
The custom reception desk is marbleized melamine veneer. Photography by Hey!cheese.
Turning Around salon is located in a space in Tainan formerly occupied by a restaurant. Photography by Hey!cheese.


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23 Minimalist Living Room Ideas That Make Us Want to Purge Everything

Always clean, never boring.

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There’s a reason why minimalism is having such a major moment in the design world (and beyond—thank you, Netflix and Marie Kondo)—when done right, it results in a clean, calming space without being boring. Minimalism calls for thoughtful curation and clutter-free spaces, both of which extend beyond the visual and actually result in more calming, livable, and nurturing environments. This is particularly appealing for a living room since it’s where you, you know, live. So we gathered twenty-three minimalist living room ideas to help you bring the style to life at home. Read on for tons of designer examples and decorating ideas for minimalist living rooms, both big and small—and tips on how to make them work in your own space.

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Design EditorHadley Mendelsohn is House Beautiful’s design editor, and when she’s not busy obsessing over all things decor-related, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again.

A Design-Centric Space That Takes Parenting To The Next Level


The circle of life is without a doubt complicated — it requires time, patience, and even a few classes. So when we heard about Loom, a company committed to creating an approachable, comforting space to learn and connect about pregnancy and reproduction, we had to scope it out. 

Established by co-founders Erica Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg, Loom is a stunning center for female education. Based in Los Angeles, the minimal yet welcoming spot offers classes on everything from nurturing to acupuncture to movement, and seeks to provide education for anyone and everyone who wants to know more. Read ahead to find out the story behind the new space, and how Loom designed for comfort.

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This Artist’s Los Angeles House Is Minimalism at Its Coziest


The story of how Emilie Halpern, a conceptual artist living in Los Angeles, came to reimagine her entire house in the Los Feliz neighborhood starts out with a girl crush. “I first met Jessie through our children’s preschool,” says Emilie, referring to Jessie Young of furniture and interior design studio Estudio Persona. “I remember thinking, Who is this cool lady with an accent wearing black leather shorts? I want to be friends with her.

The women clicked, and soon enough Emilie became familiar with Jessie’s work at Estudio Persona, which she cofounded with fellow Uruguayan expat Emiliana González. Seeing the duo’s fresh approach to design and collaborative spirit captivated the artist. “I noticed how Jessie and Emiliana complemented each other, bouncing ideas back and forth very spontaneously,” says Emilie. “It was inspiring to see these two minds coming together and being so expansive—I wanted in.”

As it turns out, Emilie’s home, a post-and-beam construction from 1962, was in dire need of a makeover. The two-story, four-bedroom property looked rather gloomy and dated, with dark walnut slats covering some of the walls, mauve paint covering others, and a handful of old louvered windows that obstructed natural light. “I love beautiful things, but I didn’t have the skills to translate that into furniture and interiors,” she says. “Jessie and Emiliana came in and responded to what each room needed.”

A custom bench—simply pieces of maple topped with a thin leather cushion—sits in the master bedroom. Above it is an untitled graphite artwork by Ridley Howard. The designers used a bunch of jute rugs throughout the house. “They add warmth and texture and they’re low maintenance; she has a young boy,” Emiliana notes.

Photo: Laure Joliet

While respecting the home’s midcentury style (those interior walnut slats stayed), the designers worked to create a lighter, more contemporary feel. They painted every non-paneled wall white, replaced a few windows, and paired custom pieces with items from their existing furniture collection, which is largely inspired by avant-garde sculptors and painters. The result is an effortlessly chic atmosphere where muted colors, natural materials, and sculptural shapes come together in a kind of earthy minimalism. “There was this very strong retro look that needed to be softened,” explains cofounder Emiliana. “We used a lot of blond wood and textures like jute to create a sense of calm and warmth.”

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Estudio Persona’s pared-down esthetic was an ideal fit for Emilie, whose own sculptures, prints, and installations have a minimalist sensibility. “Now that the house is done, I miss them,” she says. “I actually still see them all the time, but I miss sitting there dreaming about what could be, and then watching it happen.”

Custom furnishings changed things up

Thanks to a few key pieces from Estudio Persona’s furniture line—matched with carefully selected artworks and accents—the living room and entrance went from midcentury to 21st century.

To lighten up the house’s walnut-paneled wall, the designers hung lithographs with white backgrounds by artist Jonas Wood. A white “Cloud” sofa from RH further softens the room. Because the ceilings are on the low side, the designers went with low-slung forms. The minimalist white oak coffee table and alder console, which holds part of Emilie’s vast vinyl collection, are custom. Estudio Persona’s egg-shaped Nido chairs, made of timber and black leather, and Puru side table, made of stainless steel and white oak, complete the look.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The designers wanted to make a unique statement in the entrance. Their solution: a multipurpose piece called Totem. (It was inspired by Brancusi sculptures and a Richard Serra drawing called Weight and Measure.) Now part of Estudio Persona’s collection, Totem consists of two stackable wooden stools and a tray on a concrete base, which fit together into a single column. A Kim Fisher aluminum artwork hangs on the wall; around the corner is a Rich Brilliant Willing floor lamp.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Minimalism is a calming force throughout

Several rooms in the house have a distinctly Japanese austerity, owing not only to Emilie’s taste but also to her lineage. “Her grandfather was a Japanese artist, so it was important to bring that heritage into her home,” Emiliana explains.

This “Cloud” platform bed from RH really is quite reminiscent of the fluffy puffs in the sky. It sits nearly by itself in the master bedroom, joined only by a slim reading lamp from Atelier de Troupe, a smaller version of Estudio Persona’s Totem, and a tiny drawing by Andrew Cameron titled Tear. A floating credenza, original to the home, provides ample storage without dominating the floor space.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Emilie’s lucky six-year-old son gets to sleep in this light-filled room, which features a custom platform bed in maple wood and a matching side table, both designed by Estudio Persona. The walls were left bare for the ultimate serene vibe—even the wall sconce by Rich Brilliant Willing is barely perceptible. The perforated brass table lamp is by Atelier de Troupe.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The master bathroom’s Japanese-style soaking tub is a piece of art in and of itself. The two rugs are from Cold Picnic.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Emilie’s series of chromogenic prints, No End, are on display in the dining room and match the colors of the foliage outside. The red oak dining table and maple chairs by Estudio Persona boast clean, sculptural lines that don’t distract from the view.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Speaking of that dining table, it’s fittingly named Linea because of the deep slit running through it with almost imperceptible joinery. The chair design, called Una, features a horseshoe-shaped seat and a cylindrical backrest upholstered in tan leather. Isamu Noguchi’s Akari pendant light hangs overhead. Open to the dining area, the kitchen was renovated by the previous owner and left as is.

Photo: Laure Joliet

It’s all in the details

Small alterations make a big difference when it comes to lightening a room. The designers replaced a series of old louvered windows in the guest bedroom and playroom, which not only looked dated but also blocked sunlight, leaving the rooms dim and unwelcoming. Throughout the home, built-ins save the day when it comes to keeping things neat. Lastly, Studio Persona painted the formerly mauve walls a bright white.

A Jonas Wood print adds one of only a few touches of color in the home to the guest bedroom. The stump side table is from Kalon Studios and the brass table is lamp from Atelier de Troupe. Naturally wrinkly linen sheets mean no ironing is necessary before friends arrive.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The house’s playroom is super organized thanks to a wall-to-wall closet, which hides hundreds of toys, and Estudio Persona’s custom console. On either side of the piece are two deep drawers. In the middle, what looks to be the base of the furniture is actually a set of detachable stools. The unfinished maple bed is from Kalon Studios and the sconce is from Atelier de Troupe. Halpern’s vibrant blue artworks, a series of cyanotypes called Sunset, hang on the wall.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Off the master bedroom, Emilie’s office is the tidiest we’ve ever seen. “She has boxes for everything; she loves visual serenity,” says Emiliana. An inset bookshelf right behind the custom desk helps keep the surface uncluttered. The table lamp is by Os & Oos. Emilie’s own vases line the floating shelf.

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Interior Design expert and Creative Director Audrey Margarite reveals 5 hacks to making the most of any tiny living space

The irony of downsizing your living space is that even though the physical space you’ll be occupying will be much smaller, the stress and anxiety of figuring out what to put in that space seems to be larger.

Whether you’re trying to live a life of minimalism, trying to save money or are just plain curious about the options that a smaller space might provide, figuring how to make a tiny space both functional and aesthetically appealing can be quite a challenge.

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Take a break from minimalism with this outrageous new hotel

In our era of stark minimalism and clutter-free micro homes, the utterly outlandish, over-the-top aesthetic of Marcel Wanders can feel like a breath of fresh air. A Dutch interior and product designer, Wanders is known for his signature warped-fantasy style filled with color, pattern, and oversized elements that tend give off an Alice in Wonderland vibe.

Wanders’ latest interior—the recently opened Mondrian Hotel in Doha, Qatar—is another stunner filled with enormous bell-shaped lights, bulbous all-white trees, hundreds of gold-framed mirrors, oversized patterns, and golden eggs just chillin’ on some columns.

Wanders began this design process by exploring traditional Arabic patterns and images from the Middle Eastern folktales collected in One Thousand and One Nights. Then he did his thing transforming those ideas into extravagant interiors.

“Conceptually, we have married local culture with a modern design aesthetic,” said Wanders. “While many themes are collectively layered throughout the hotel, each individual space tells its own tale.”

A nearly all-white lounge features seating clusters placed atop carpets with photorealistic images of flowers. Between those seating groups rise glossy white trees. In the main lobby, a beautifully sinister-looking black staircase corkscrews its way up several stories to a viewing platform. And above the 27th-floor swimming pool is a massive stained glass dome that gives off the feeling of being inside a Tiffany lamp.

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Step Inside the World’s 9 Best-Looking Airport Lounges

Travel is transformative. Getting there? Often far less so—unless, that is, you’re a fan of historically long TSA lines, “weather delays,” lost luggage, and the kid behind you who keeps kicking your seat. Thankfully, the options for de-stressing between flights have improved considerably in recent years, with the world’s best airport lounges offering not only full bars and back rubs—complimentary Wi-Fi these days is obviously a given—but also clean, contemporary design that rivals the chicest of hotel lobbies. These nine airport lounges can’t help you bypass security (except in one very posh case), but they can give you plenty of reasons to love a long layover.



Photo: Courtesy of Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines’ First-Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Conceived by Japanese interior designer Ryu Kosaka around the Japanese minimalism concept of Ma, which celebrates the negative space between objects as much as the objects themselves, JAL’s showpiece lounge is divided by custom-made byobu screens into distinct rooms that include the library, playroom, sake bar (featuring sakes from Tokyo craft beer and whiskey haven Hasegawa Liquor Store), and the darkly cozy Red Suite, which features artwork by Japanese master plasterer Shuhei Hasado.

Photo: Courtesy of Qantas

The Qantas London Lounge at London Heathrow Airport

The brand-new bilevel London reprieve for Qantas passengers features an upstairs gin bar with runway views, a menu by Aussie celeb chef Neil Perry, and modern-minimalist design details like chevron wood flooring and a concrete cocktail bar.

Photo: Courtesy of Grupo Puntacana

The VIP Lounge Club at Punta Cana International Airport

Looking to savor every last vacation moment? Designed by renowned Dominican architect Antonio Segundo Imbert, PUJ’s new VIP lounge builds on the airport’s modern-tropics style—open-air terminals feature midcentury furnishings and thatched palm roofs—with an outdoor infinity pool offering elite travelers panoramic views of the airstrip.


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