COS + Agnes Martin Guggenheim Capsule Collection

Twelve pieces for all genders, emboldened by the abstract minimalist's work

As one circles up the rotunda at NYC’s Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, a selection from the life’s work of artist Agnes Martin offers inspirational insight. The introductory piece from 1957 declares Martin’s devotion to abstract expressionism. This yields to decades worth of graphite grid work—punctuated from time to time with watercolor. This grid use nods to a lack of hierarchy and a desire for approachability. …

11 Howard Hotel, NYC

Combining Danish minimalist design and hospitality with a conscience

Located in NYC’s SoHo, boutique hotel 11 Howard eschews gimmicks and over-the-top glitz for a timeless Danish minimalist aesthetic. The space feels entirely part of NYC and, at the same time, a world away from the city’s ceaseless pulse. Visitors’ initial view upon entering the hotel is a calming neutral palette, as a black 1975 Alexander Calder mobile floats overhead. To the left, a spiral …

MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

A survey of beautifully minimal branding, packaging and more in book form

Stuart Tolley’s (creative director and founder of graphic design studio Transmission) last book “Collector’s Edition” was all about unusual, mind-bending and sometimes over-the-top designs—he also created the striking Artist Cover Bomb series for the tome. His new book behaves as a kind of antidote: focusing on quieter and minimalist but equally fascinating creations. “MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design” came to be because Tolley …