Minimalism, infographed »

Rince and repeatSeriously though, this is how it’s done. There really shouldn’t be much more to it.

Submission Spotlight for 5th April 2013:

Submitted by David Hellmann. Unfortunately I don’t have any more info than that, but regardless it’s a lovely workspace. I’m on a real ‘home sweet home’ kick at the moment, so this sort of thing really enthuses me. On an anecdotal basis alone, this sort of warm atmosphere seems much more conducive to creativity than something more corporate. That’s not to say I’m correct of course - any and all workspaces are welcome in my inbox. 

The Submission Spotlight is a daily feature showcasing the best reader submissions I receive. Submit yours and it could be up next.

Writers' Rooms »

The Guardian presents a series focusing on the spaces in which writers create. It hasn’t been updated in several years, but with over one hundred different writers profiled (including such names as Rudyard KiplingMartin Amis, Ian RankinMichael Morpurgo, Simon Callow and Roald Dahl) it’s certainly worth a browse. Along with the images are some lovely insights from the authors themselves or those who knew them.

Workplace Showcase for 4th April 2013:

Another entry all the way from August 2012, this time from Desire to Inspire. The images here are from one of two semi detached houses by David Boyle Architect

For me, these are so appealing because they feel lived in - something summed up nicely by commenter ‘Ash’ over at Desire to Inspire

"Love seeing personalized homes which don’t look as if they have come out of the pages of Vogue Living."

Sophisticated minimalism needn’t restrict itself to the cold colours of glass, concrete and whitewash, surely? This doesn’t, and for me the result is a warm, friendly, creative workplace. 

The Workplace Showcase is a daily feature indulging in some of the very best work setups I’ve come across. Many are unattainable to all but the most resourceful reader, but for a these I turn a blind eye. Take the time to take inspiration and enjoyment from them without anything else getting in the way.

"Simplicity is not about making something without ornament, but rather about making something very complex, then slicing elements away, until you reveal the very essence."

Taken from a piece in The New Yorker by Christoph Niemann detailing the experience he had creating an app, Petting Zoo. Via Jason Kottke.