December 20 2012
Christina Ohly Evans
stark and simple” is the MO of Minimalux, a UK-based e-shop full of modern
collections for the desk and home, as well as an assortment of sleek personal
accessories. In an era of mega websites with vast product ranges, it
is refreshing to find such a beautiful alternative featuring a small and
well-edited selection of items in elegant finishes.
The site is pared down in all respects, and the capsule collection can be viewed on just one page. Making the strongest impression is the Brass Band (second picture, £150), a smooth ring of spun metal that, when placed on a surface, becomes a graceful enclosure for anything from fruit to festive decorations. This mirror-polished sculptural band makes a chic centrepiece whose reflective lustre charmingly fades over time. In honour of its name, each purchase comes with a specially commissioned, downloadable track by composer Tim Crompton. Stylish Trio rings (£39-£125), in rich copper or silver, can be used with napkins, eggs or tea lights, while U-shaped candleholders (third picture, £175), in stainless steel and brass, are crafted from single lengths of metal tubing.
Other luxurious tabletop accessories, made from borosilicate glass with layers of silver and copper, include laboratory-inspired conical vases in varying sizes (first picture, £175-£325) and round-bottom vessels (also in first picture, £175), as well as polished copper test-tube pill boxes (£115).
Complementing these are super-slick desk accoutrements: Dish60 (£59), a shallow bowl made of precision machined and anodised aluminium in rich jet, rose, ruby and cobalt hues, together with brass pen pots (£195), sculptural pen rests (£59) and elegant, ergonomic ballpoint pens (£75). Meanwhile, striking jewellery – the Zero pendants and bangles (£120-£550) – makes simple, timeless statements.
The brand’s Brancusi-cum-Elsa Perretti aesthetic is a real find for those who appreciate minimalist luxury.