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la Marzocco Linea Mini Yellow

Introducing La Marzocco. New at minima.

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Le presento… Made in Florence, Italy. La Marzocco.

la Marzocco Linea Mini Yellow

La Marzocco espresso machines and grinders trusted by the world’s finest coffee roasters, cafés, and restaurants for their reliability, durability, and timeless aesthetics. Now, the La Marzocco Home product line is available to view and purchase at minima. so you can achieve an uncompromised espresso experience at home.

Founded in 1927 by Guiseppe and Bruno Bambi, La Marzocco was born in Florence, Italy, the epicentre of the Italian Renaissance. With a passion for Italian craftsmanship and innovation, the first coffee machine with a horizontal boiler was invented in 1939, today an industry standard. Becoming the first in a series of extended innovations from the introduction of a dual boiler system and saturated groups. 

A shared passion for tradition and the search for superior quality and reliability continue to distinguish the company today. In 2015 the La Marzocco Home product line was born, consisting of the GS3 and the Linea Mini. Now paired with the Lux D and the Swift Mini grinders. Providing a taste and quality of a coffee shop experience at home for Home Baristas and enthusiasts. 

barcelona chair

A synthesis of ‘past, present and future’. The Barcelona Chair.

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barcelona chair

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s philosophy of “Less is More” remains rooted in the creative process of architects, designers and indeed, all creatives today. Mies van der Rohe, the rationalist, with a highly disciplined style of architecture created a chair, nay, a piece of art that achieves a breathtaking level of refinement and beauty through structure and material.

Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Barcelona Pavilion’ represented Germany in the 1929 International Expedition. the chair of legend was created with a metal structure of two chrome-plated flat steel bars and leather capitonné cushions, The Barcelona Chair was born. Informed that Spanish royalty was to preside at the pavilion, Mies van der Rohe stated that it had to be an “important chair, a very elegant chair […] The government was to receive a king. . . . The chair had to be . . . monumental.” Monumental indeed…

The simple yet ingenious form was inspired by ancient Egyptian foldings stools to 19th-century neoclassical furniture. Mies van der Rohe’s concept for the chair was it ‘to be the synthesis of the old and the new’.

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Although only 2 chairs were made for the expedition, the design was soon put into production and since then it has become one of the most recognised ‘objets’ of the last century. It is frequently seen within all cultural forms making numerous appearances in films, television and fashion.

Since 1953, Knoll has manufactured the chair following it’s exact original specifications. The manufacturer now contributes to the chair’s more residential feel with softer cushions and new leathers in the ‘relax’ version. The chair continues to be essentially hand-made: 148 pieces of leather make up the cushions and the stainless steel finish is hand-buffed to a mirror finish.
The Barcelona Chair, The Barcelona Chair Relax and Barcelona Chair Day Bed is available at minima.

Poul henningsen

Poul Henningsen, architect of lighting.

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Poul Henningsen

The fourth child of activist and author Agnes Henningsen, Poul’s early life was spent in the company of his three half-siblings and the Danish literati.
Later, Henningsen studied architecture but never graduated.  Instead he chose to follow a career as a painter/inventor leading him to explore light and more particularly, the function of lighting. The icon that is the PH lamp series for Louis Poulsen was born.

Poul henningsen

The PH collection for Louis Poulsen was developed to create lighting that would make the evening, ‘a restful and relaxing’ time.
In his quest for the perfect lighting composition, the multi-shade lamp became in 1924, the first fixture in the PH series. The multi-shade lamp’s size, shape and position was designed to cleverly distribute a specific volume of light downward. ‘Cosiness’ created.

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Henningsen continued his work with Louis Poulsen and further lighting icons including the PH Artichoke (above right) followedTo this day, Poul Henningsen’s lighting philosophies and creative legacy shape the work at Louis Poulsen.

The legacy Henningsen’s pioneering work on the relationship between light structures, shadows, glare and colour reproduction and our need for light remain at the core of the Louis Poulsen’s ‘beating heart’.

Introducing the NEW Limited Edition Louis Poulsen:
PH 2/2, The Question Mark. 

The limited edition PH 2/2, only available until December 2021, comes in a brass finish paired with mouth-blown opal glass shade that creates beautiful ambience and adds character to any space. A classic, yet playful and figurative design that is unmistakably recognisable as a PH lamp.

The Question Mark is a true testament to Poul Henningsen’s tradition of creating glare-free light and quality craftsmanship with functionality. The limited edition comes in a brass finish paired with mouth-blown opal glass shades that create beautiful ambience and add character to any space.

Staying true to the original design created in 1931 and relevant to contemporary living, the function and flexibility of the table lamp is symbolised by the beautifully elegant handle. The adjustable upper part of the lamp can be titled 45 degrees to the right or left by turning the handle on the middle of the stem’s curvature.
The Question Mark Limited Edition Table Lamp is available at minima.

Eero Saarinen

The ‘future shaper’: Eero Saarinen.

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The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance…life on earth and to fulfill… belief in the nobility of …existence.

                                   Eero Saarinen

Born to design feted parents, Eliel and Loja, Eero Saarinen was born to create. It would come as little of surprise that Eero would later become a titan of midcentury American architecture.  He passed his formative years within the bounds of his father’s architectural office. A very young Eero would be sitting under his father’s drafting table while Eliel was working on commissions above. Not so later, a teenage Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for Cranbrook Academy.

After studying in Paris and Yale, Saarinen returned to Michigan to teach and design at Cranbrook alongside his father. It was at Cranbrook that Eero Saarinen met Charles Eames (below left); both committed to the exploration of new materials and processes, they quickly became great friends who often motivated each other creatively and collaborated frequently on many projects.
Eero also met Florence Knoll (below right) at Cranbrook, who was then a promising young protégé of his father. Florence spent all of her free time with the Saarinen family, including summer vacations to Finland. Florence and Eero developed a brother-sister like, life long relationship. Florence later recalled that her history with Eero made him her most honest and, often, most harsh critic. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for the company.

Eero, who was known for being obsessed with revision, and deemed as a ‘workaholic’ at the office, took a sculptural approach to furniture design, building hundreds of models and full scale mock-ups to achieve ‘perfection’. His designs, which employed modern materials in graceful, organic shapes, helped establish the reputation and identity of Knoll during its formative years. He created his own architectural firm and went on to design and build notable structures, until his early death aged 51 in 1961.

Saarinen designed many of the most recognisable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and Conference chairs all available at minima.

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp

Introducing: Artemide. New at minima.

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new brands. new products. introducing: Artemide.

Eclisse Artemide Gallery

When engineering meets design, there is an explosion of light. Ernesto Gismondi who founded Artemide in 1959 became the 20th century leader in lighting design and manufacturing.

In collaboration with designers such as Michele De Lucchi, Vico Magistretti and David Chipperfield, Artemide boasts a vast portfolio of lights to transform contemporary and traditional spaces alike.

Look at usual things with unusual eyes.

Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 – September 19, 2006) was one of Italy’s most influential industrial designers, known as a furniture designer and architect and primarily for his iconic modern furniture and lighting designs for Artemide. His designs invariably link sculptural elegance with technical sophistication.

Born into a family of notable Milanese architects, Italian designer Vico Magistretti was rigid in his philosophy: there is no excuse for bad design. Today, his award-winning work is dotted across the globe – in galleries, museums and private residences – each piece exemplifying his uncanny ability to fuse simplicity with essentialism in contemporary design.

Magistretti’s Nessino, Eclisse and Nesso Table Lamp for Artemide now available at minima.

Seasonal Gifting

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for birmingham. for design. for beauty. for you?

With Christmas just around the corner, please note that the last day to place an order online for in-stock items and to guarantee Christmas delivery in the UK is Monday 21st December.

However, our showroom is open seven days a week, until Thursday 24th December for any last-minute gifting needs.

Christmas 2020…Come and enjoy 10% discount, free gift wrapping, stollen cake, mince pies and raise a glass to optimism… we’ll be open a little bit later…if it helps…

Seasonal opening hours 
Monday 21st December 2020  10:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 10:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 10:00 – 19:00 
Thursday 24th December 2020 (Christmas Eve) 09:00 – 15:00
Friday 25th December 2020 (Christmas Day) CLOSED
Saturday 26th December 2020 (Boxing Day) CLOSED
Sunday 27th December 2020 CLOSED
Monday 28th December 2020 (Boxing Day Bank Holiday) 12:00 – 16:00
Tuesday 29th December 2020 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 30th December 2020 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday 31st December 2020 (New Year’s Eve) 12:00 – 16:00
Friday 1st January 2021 (New Year’s Day) CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January 2021 10:00 – 17:00

muuto outline sofa

muuto outline sofa

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for birmingham. for design. for beauty. for you?

muuto outline sofa lifestyle

The Outline series adds a fresh perspective to classic Scandinavian design of the 1960s, unifying simplicity and function into one.  With the design taking its name for its strong outline of a sofa, the Outline sofa is clean and elegant on the outside, with a deep seat and soft cushioning on the inside.  An elegant yet timeless aesthetic, elevated by its sleek, architectural-like form, alongside its curved armrests, giving the design distinct appearance across various sizes and variants.

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muuto outline 3 seater sofa
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outline daybed sofa

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Muuto is a Scandinavian design brand, rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition characterised by enduring aesthetics, functionality, craft and an honest expression. By expanding this heritage with forward-looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking, muuto’s ambition is to deliver new perspectives on Scandinavian design.

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Shoe Cleaning Set

Fathers’ day gift guide

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Fathers’ day gift guide 

Our father’s day gift guide is here to help you choose the perfect gift for the paternal figures in your life, whether they they have a passion for design, food & wine, or personal grooming.

Design Lover 

Knoll Wassily Chair – Bauhaus 100 Years Limited Edition

Vitra Eames Radio Limited Edition

Vitra Eames House Bird in Walnut

Gubi Mategot Fruit Bowl

Food & Wine Lover 

Quarter Horse Dark Horse Espresso Coffee Beans

Kinto UniMug

Ferm Living Stage Board

Ferm Living Still Carafe

Alessi Anna G. Bottle Opener

Ferm Living Ripple Wine Glasses

Personal Grooming

Skandinavisk HAV Diffuser

AttireCare Shoe Cleaning Set

Iris Hantverk Lovisa Nail Brush

Frama Eau De Parfum

iris hantverk

Introducing Iris Hantverk

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new brand. new products. introducing: 

In the late 1900s century a small brush manufacturing started out in Stockholm. It was a successful movement so successful that it remains today. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand. All brushes are of exclusive design and made mostly from natural materials.

Today, Iris Hantverk employs 17 people. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 6 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition.
Bathroom
Discover the range of bathroom necessities available at minima. Gorgeous products made with natural materials that lift your scheme. Treat yourself to the luxury of beautiful and functional everyday items!

Loofah Soap Cushion

Lovisa Nail Brush

Pumice Stone

Lovisa Bath Brush

Household Essentials
Well-made, environmentally friendly products that makes your home shine clean both indoors and outdoors.

Table Dustpan & Brush

Cedarwood Rings

Computer Brush Combi

Cedarwood Rings

gubi mategot venetian gold bowl

We’re (Almost) Open.

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We’re (Almost) Open 

Here at minima, we have been super busy, refreshing our showroom ready to reopen to you on 15th June, following the UK government’s latest announcement on easing the ‘lockdown’.

Between June, 3rd – June, 14th, 2020 inclusive
We are offering private closed door consultations for individuals with our showroom staff. If you would like to arrange this please call 0121 212 0387 or e-mail enquiries@miniamuk.com

From June 15th, 2020
The  front door at number 58 will be open to all. However, we will limit the number of customers in the showroom at any one time to 4.

We will offer private access 1 hour consultations to the showroom for more cautious clients by appointment with 24hrs notice. If you would like to arrange this please call 0121 212 0387 or e-mail enquiries@miniamuk.com

Closely heeding also the advice from the World Health Organisation and local authorities we have put measures in place to safeguard our staff and visitors to the showroom at 58 George St.

Furthermore, to ensure peace of mind: 

  • The showroom has undergone a deep clean and we have implemented enhanced and more frequent cleaning routines.
  • We will be providing hand sanitiser for all minima. visitors.
  • We will only be accepting cashless payments to limit the contact between customers and our staff.
  • We have remerchandised the showroom to allow more room to keep 2 meters apart from a staff member and other customers in the future.
  • We have been uploading more products to our website to increase our range for our online shoppers.
  • We have implemented a click and collect system from our front door that allows customers to pick up items without having to come into the showroom.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all very soon, sharing a smile, exchanging thoughts and just simply, enjoying the pleasure of your company.

We can’t wait…
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