While it might be the season to deck the halls, Christmas is often a hard period for the minimalists amongst us. In the season of excess it can be tricky to maintain a minimal aesthetic and deal with the abundance of gifts that just might not be quite right for those that prefer to keep to the essentials. Thankfully, here at IRORI we celebrate timeless and inspirational goods, bringing together high quality brands with an invested interest in design and craftsmanship – perfect for those that like to look on the simpler side of life. Shop our top minimal picks for the loved one in your life (or just for you) this Christmas.
Picto Wall Clock by Rosendahl | £42.50
The Picto wall clock will make the perfect gift for the interior lover and won’t break the bank either. Designed in 1984 by Danish brand Rosendahl, this modern classic features a practical, clean-cut design in either a monochrome or typically Scandinavian grey colour palette. While traditional clocks indicate the time with the ticking hands, the Picto design has a rotary dial which has a fixed dot to represent the hour hand.
Large Mug by Kinto | £21.50
Stuck for what to buy your minimalist office friend? You can’t go wrong with a well designed mug. This series of ceramic mugs designed by Japanese brand Kinto have a humble yet dignified character, showcasing the natural texture of the clay below a layer of calm coloured glazing. Just like all Kinto products, this thoughtful present is designed to enrich everyday life and we’re sure you can earn extra points by filling it with a latte each morning.
A perfect gift for any minimalist is something functional that they can use everyday. This aromatic botanical hand-wash by scent company Ashley & Co contains aloe, horopito and grapefruit seed; nourishing and cleansing hands with the pick-me-up of an invigorating and balancing scent. Plus, that bottle design will look good on any shelf, right?
Alvar Aalto Vase by Iittala | £129.00
Being a minimalist doesn’t automatically mean that you need to exclude decorative items from your shopping list. In fact this Iittala vase designed by Alvar Aalto will fill even the most frugal person with joy. Inspired by waves, the Savoy vase has become an icon of its time, making a stunning addition to any kind of interior. Each vase is individually mouth blown at the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland, giving it a story as well as a purpose.
Scent is an important part of everyone’s day to day life and this aromatherapy candle by Neal’s Yard Remedies is minimally designed and beautifully scented with calming rose and uplifting patchouli. Handmade by a traditional candle-maker on a farm on the north coast of Cornwall, Neal’s Yard wax is a 100% organic blend of beeswax and botanical wax, which is infused with a blend of soothing oils that will lightly fragrance your home with a naturally calming aroma.
Hammershøi Teapot by Kähler | £89.00
Tea is a ritual for many people, therefore leading to the need for a beautifully designed teapot. This design by Kähler combines colour, functionality and design, all inspired by renowned artist Svend Hammershøi’s original works. The Danish design brand was established in 1839 when Herman Joachim Kähler opened up a pottery in the Danish town of Næstved giving the brand a history that you’ll want to invest in.
Textiles can be a hard purchase if you don’t know someone’s personal style but we think this Vintage Noon linen cushion will be loved by everyone. AAI was born from a passion for bringing unique personality to interiors and these sustainable and beautiful cushions are created from reworked materials that will last the test of time.
Exclusiv Towel by Feiler | £18.00
You might think that a towel is an odd gift for someone, but pack this into a hamper with a fragrance and hand soap for your mother, best friend or husband and you’ll have the happiest of relatives. The exclusiv towel by Feiler is soft, fluffy and simple, but will also add a pop of colour to any bathroom.
Kaolin Bowl by Kähler | £19.50
A bowl doesn’t need to be part of a full dinner service to make a good gift. This simple bowl designed by award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz in partnership with Kähler would make the perfect minimal design statement on a coffee table of shelf.
Vitriini Box by Iittala | £45.00
The Vitriini boxes by Iittala are the perfect way to display the precious trinkets in your life and would look fantastic on a bedside table or coffee table. Buy one for your best friend and fill it with a few things that make your friendship special.
IRORI is an online retail store centred around the home and as an extension, ones wellbeing. From bedroom to headroom we believe in surrounding oneself in timeless and inspirational goods and encourage this by bringing together brands that have the highest standards of quality both in design and craftsmanship. Shop our curation of goods here.