What We Mean When We Talk About a Minimalist Desk

If you search the internet for “What is minimalist design,” you’ll get a lot of different answers and perspectives. Some will tell you about the American art movement of the 1960s that focused on simplicity, using geometric shapes or repeating patterns. Others will talk about a visual style that uses limited color palettes and simple forms. Still others will speak about a style that is uncluttered and only includes what is absolutely necessary.

There’s not a single, undisputed definition of what minimalism actually is when it comes to design. Different people interpret it in different ways. However, what most people probably mean when they use the term “minimalist design” is a design that is stripped down to the essentials. There is nothing extra or superfluous. Simplicity is embraced. Open space is celebrated. The design can “breathe.”

A minimalist home, for example, will be uncluttered, with strategically curated and placed pieces of furniture and décor. When it comes to minimalist furniture itself, like a minimalist desk, a piece will typically have clean lines and smooth surfaces. The focus is on simplicity, as well as functionality. Pieces aren’t overly designed with ornate details that serve no purpose.

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See RLDH’s version of a minimalist desk here.

Just because a piece of furniture appears simple, doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of thought that went into the design. Quite the contrary, in fact. Minimalist pieces are often very thoughtfully designed in order to make them as functional as possible, while still maintaining a clean appearance. As famed minimalist designer Dieter Rams famously wrote in his 10 Principles for Good Design, “Good design is as little design as possible.” He also said, “Less, but better—because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.”

When we designed our minimalist desk, we did so with functionality in mind, but we also wanted to make a beautiful product that would look great in a variety of settings. We wanted it to be compact, so it wouldn’t crowd a small room, but still allow someone to work comfortably from it. Not only that, but we also wanted to make sure it was sturdy and durable—that it would still look great after many years of use.

What we came up with is a visually appealing and highly functional minimalist desk that is well loved by our customers. They call our minimalist desk “…simple, beautiful, and well-made,” “…beautiful and timeless,” and a “Super beautiful desk… Just has a great vibe.” We use quality materials and a combination of traditional and modern construction methods that give it the durability we are after. Compared to other minimalist desks at its price point, we think ours is one of the best!

Learn more about our minimalist desk on our product page, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time!