Minimalism is a growing trend as more and more people appreciate the concept of clean lines and organized space. From minimalist clothing to home and office furnishings, minimalism is about creating more with less and can be an empowering act of decluttering your life, both emotionally and physically.
When it comes to attaining the minimalist design in the home or corporate office environment, the concept “less is more” pretty much sums up the idea. To begin creating an office space incorporating the functionality and benefits of minimalism, let's look at some products that are available to help you achieve this look.
- Desk. As a standard piece of equipment for any office, a desk and its purpose should be carefully considered when designing a minimalist office space. Whether you’re a writer sharing your work across the internet or an architect designing the next Falling Waters masterpiece, your workspace should offer the surface space you need - reduced to its necessary elements.
- Chair. Modern office chairs are now available in a variety of colors and designs that fit very well in a minimalist office. Streamlined to be functional yet reducing its size in comparison to the less is more concept, your minimalist office chair can be ergonomically friendly and look great next to your minimalist desk.
- Archival Box. There are some papers you do need to keep and we suggest a compact archival box with a snug fitting lid to store these assorted documents. These boxes can be neatly stacked in a closet, under a bed, or used as a plant stand in a corner.
- Office Supplies. Many professionals who have embraced the minimalist lifestyle have often discovered that office supplies, such as paperclips, thumbtacks, and rubber bands, are not used as frequently as one may expect. When purchasing these items, you often have to buy them in larger quantities that you actually need. Reducing the space these supplies occupy can be as simple as splitting them with another minimalist enthusiast, or storing them in compact, yet easily accessible containers. Using minimalist desk accessories or repurposing containers are an effective way to achieve minimalism at it’s purest. Sensible containers for office supplies can be as simple as a sleek wooden desk organizer tray.
- Electrical Cords. Another way to create a minimalist work environment is to utilize a cord management system to organize your assorted cords and reduce their appearance. From charging cords and electrical cords, to earbuds and extension cords, finding the right system to organize and conceal those cords is easy with either a DIY project or products such as cord boxes.
- Decorations. Decorations should be sparse and unassuming. In fact, if you’re like most people, simply removing most or all of your decorations--like photos, toys, knick-knacks, etc.--creates a much more minimalistic office environment. But if you choose to add some flair to your workspace, keep decorative elements to a bare minimum: one or two photos, or a single design piece.
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