Sometimes the simplest designs are the most functional. And there's a certain comfort in objects whose forms are stripped down to the bare minimum. (After all, life is already complicated.) Here, a selection of minimalist goods that make the case for understatement.
Oak Pencil Cup, $80 | Boyce Studio
Round hole in a square peg: Boyce Studio's desktop pencil holder is made of solid oak.
Smart Charger, $29.99 | Native Union
This super-slim charger is also super-fast.
Belt Charger, $24.99 | Native Union
Marta Drinking Glasses, $13.95 | CB2
Affordable and adaptable, these glasses are a standard in our kitchen.
Libbey Glass Hydration Decanter, $18 | Amazon
For water at your bedside table or decanting wine for guests.
Simple Storage Container ( Small or Medium ), $42-$48 | Hawkins
Finally get on that goal to organize your kitchen pantry. Start with Hawkins' glass containers.
Pinch Bowls, $26 Each | Humble Ceramics
Humble describes itself as "artisan pottery made with mindfulness in South Los Angeles." Each piece is handmade and a reminder to embrace imperfections.
Bud Vase, $38 | Humble Ceramics
Hasami Plate, $36 | Jinen
It's easy to see why Hasami has such a cult following: The line of porcelain goods follows in centuries-old traditions of Japanese pottery.
Stoneware Burner, $18 | Incausa
Wood-fired in small batches, these ceramic burners also feature a unique, in-house glaze.
Bottle Opener, $14 | Hay
Danish design company Hay takes a streamlined approach on ordinary objects. With a triangle handle, this bottle opener makes clever use of contrasting shapes.
Wooden Spoon, $9.50 | Muji
You could argue that Muji was the first to really bring minimalism to the masses. This wood spoon is just one example of the company's obsessive attention to simplicity.
Hasami Mug, $24 | Tortoise General Store
Hasami Plate, $36 | Tortoise General Store
Hasami Creamer, $24 | Jinen
Hasami Sugar Pot, $16 | Jinen
Also shown: Pinch Bowls from Humble Ceramics and Simple Storage Container Medium from Hawkins (details above)