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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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ANNA MALMBERG FOR FANTASTIC FRANK

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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minimalist living room furniture

PHOTO: FELIX FOREST; DESIGN: ARENT & PYKE
white minimalist living room ideas

PHOTO: ALEXANDRA RIBAR; DESIGN: LEANNE FORD INTERIORS
french living room ideas

STUDIO RAZAVI
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PHOTO: MARCEL AUCAR; DESIGN: HECKER GUTHRIE
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PHOTO: REID ROLLS; DESIGN: LEANNE FORD INTERIORS
small living room ideas

JAOKIM JOHANSSON FOR FANTASTIC FRANK
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PHOTO: LAUREN BAMFORD; DESIGN: ROBSON RAK
eclectic living room ideas

NICOLE FRANZEN
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JOSEFIN HAAG FOR FANTASTIC FRANK
cozy minimalist living room

PHOTO: MATTHEW WILLIAMS; DESIGN: STUDIO DB
blue living room ideas

PHOTO: SHANNON MCGRATH; DESIGN: ROBSON RAK
traditional minimalist living room ideas

CATHERINE KWONG DESIGN
minimalist living room storage ideas

JOSEFIN HAAG FOR FANTASTIC FRANK
open floor plan minimalist living room

PHOTO: TREVOR MEIN; DESIGN: HECKER GUTHRIE
modern living room wallpaper ideas

STUDIO RAZAVI
formal living room ideas

PHOTO: FELIX FOREST; DESIGN: ARENT & PYKE
minimalist living room ideas on a budget

MANGUS PETTERSSON FOR FANTASTIC FRANK
modern living room ideas

PHOTO: BROOKE HOLM; DESIGN: ROBSON RAK
eclectic living room ideas

PHOTO: SHANNON MCGRATH; DESIGN: HECKER GUTHRIE
modern living room fireplace ideas

CATHERINE KWONG DESIGN
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PHOTO: SHANNON MCGRATH; DESIGN: ROBSON RAK
minimalist living room apartment

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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.
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