1. Seasonal opening times

    Seasonal opening hours:

    Sunday 24th December: 1100-1500

    Monday 25th December: Closed

    Tuesday 26th December: Closed

    Normal hours resume.

    Sunday 31st December: 1200-1600

    Monday 1st January: 1200-1600

    Normal hours resume.

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  2. Newsletter-December 2017

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    for Birmingham. for design. for beauty. for you?

    minima vitra eames plywood chair

    Who indeed, Ms Nina Simone, who indeed?
    Already, a year has passed since we first opened the minima door at 58 George St, in the Jewellery Quarter, to a design interested/curious/obsessed visitor.

    And what a year! What an absolute pleasure to meet in our fair city, folk from near and far, to talk.  Dialogue has drifted, covering Mr Trump’s inauguration, to the continued political, social and economic fallout of Brexshit (yes, no typing error there!). From the anniversary of the October Revolution, the conduct of Harvey Weinstein, to national horror (imagined?) and shame (very, very real) of Grenfell.  This image will remain in the collective mind, as it should, long after the year’s novelties have faded. 2017- It’s been a tough one. And for many, still is, with little hope for optimism.

    Fritz Hansen Ant chair  

    In our ‘micro’ world at minima., sure there have been challenges but those have been essentially, C21 type matters.  Reflecting on the year, remembering on events past, can lead memory to yield to pride, as Nietzsche noted. Times of trouble often are too easily erased, rather than learned from, grown from.

    As we look forward to the challenges that 2018, will no doubt bring, advice and words of warning are about us. There is the ‘only way to get somewhere is to work out where you’re going before you get there’ school of thought but as John Updike observed in his brilliant novel, Rabbit, Run,  “Everybody who tells you how to act has whisky on their breath.”  

    Please come by to George Street and let’s say hello to each other, and adieu to 2017.  As always, a plethora of marvels upon which ponder.  The works of Mrs and Mr Eames, Mr Aalto, Mr Bertoia, Mr Prouvé, Mr Sottsass, Mr Saarinen, Mr Jacobsen, Mr Tapiovaara and Mr Castiglioni sustain inspiration for hope, optimism and the sheer brilliance of the human spirit.

    Knoll womb chair  

    With the words of Noir Désir, we bid you a marvellous 2018...

    ...Je n'ai pas peur de la route
    Faudrait voir, faut qu'on y goûte
    Des méandres au creux des reins
    Et tout ira bien là
    Le vent nous portera

    Knoll Saarinen tulip chair

    Ton message à la Grande Ourse
    Et la trajectoire de la course
    Un instantané de velours
    Même s'il ne sert à rien va
    Le vent l'emportera
    Tout disparaîtra mais
    Le vent nous portera

    La caresse et la mitraille
    Et cette plaie qui nous tiraille
    Le palais des autres jours
    D'hier et demain
    Le vent les portera

    Génétique en bandoulière
    Des chromosomes dans l'atmosphère
    Des taxis pour les galaxies
    Et mon tapis volant dis ?

    Vitra standard chair

    Tout disparaîtra mais
    Le vent nous portera

    Ce parfum de nos années mortes
    Ce qui peut frapper à ta porte
    Infinité de destins
    On en pose un et qu'est-ce qu'on en retient?
    Le vent l'emportera

    Pendant que la marée monte
    Et que chacun refait ses comptes
    J'emmène au creux de mon ombre
    Des poussières de toi
    Le vent les portera
    Tout disparaîtra mais
    Le vent nous portera...

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  4. Newsletter November 2017

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    « Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional? » Charles Eames

    Oh the power of being limited...aren’t there quite unbelievable prices that are being paid for works by Banksy? Even way back in 2008, "Keep It Spotless" sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York for $1.8 million dollars. Based in Bristol, he is a graffiti artist and political activist who straddles the world between street art and fine art. As the story goes, Banksy was being chased

    Keep it spotless

    one night by the police for vandalising a wall with graffiti, and while hiding under a dustbin truck, he noticed a stencilled serial number. That inspired him to begin stencilling – as it allowed him to create hundreds of works of street art quickly, without being caught. His work has a subversive sense of humour, wrapped in a political statement.

    Fun or subversive limited-edition brands, like Banksy graffiti, show up quickly, and are only available in limited numbers. A few of such items are available at minima. right now...

    Vitra Eames Plywood Elephant

    Eames Elephant (Plywood)
    Charles & Ray Eames, 1945 
    Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production. One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946 and still survives in the Eames family archives today. After a limited edition in 2007, Vitra has now launched serial production of the Eames Elephant in plywood for the very first time. The Eames Elephant is also available in plastic, ideal for children, as well as in a scaled-down version, Eames Elephant (small), which comes in a variety of colours and is also made of plastic.  

    Eames house bird white

    Eames House Bird White
    For decades, the carved figure of a wooden bird has occupied a central place in
    the Eames House, as an especially prized artefact among the possessions of Charlesand Ray Eames and is now available in white.

    Louis Poulsen PH31/2-3 Amber coloured glass pendant

    PH 31⁄2-3 Amber Coloured Glass Pendant - Limited Edition
    In celebration of Henningsen’s ingenious light play, Louis Poulsen is releasing a limited edition of his PH 31⁄2-3 pendant, originally designed in 1926. Featuring amber- coloured glass and a brass suspension, the exclusive pendant will be available to our customers atminima, design aficionados, for just two months, from November through December, 2017.

    one last thing: On a separate but similarly ‘special’ note, one year has passed since we opened the doors to our subterranean design haven. We will be marking this one year anniversary on Saturday December 9th, 1200-2000. A whole day of treats awaits...and just before Christmas! Please come and join us.

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  5. Newsletter October 2017

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    Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”  DH Lawrence

    What are the things essential to our lives?  
    The answers could be: our children, a good stiff drink, our parents, a run in the park, the reading of books, a holiday, a  football team, the cinema, a cigarette, a job, love. And yet life has a way of forcing us to re-think. Children leave home, we forget about our favourite park, doctors tell us to stop smoking and drinking, our football team never wins and hearts get broken. 

    Kartell namaste trays   

    Cracks appear...Our picture of the world becomes askew, hangs crookedly on the wall.  But we adapt.  As individuals we are constant adaptors of ourselves. 

    Some of us get lucky and do not have a job, instead, a vocation.  And this 'project'- It is ours- we think in musical terms of 'Elevator Beat' from Vanillia Sky, of Mr John Coltrane, of Bowie, of Leonard Cohen, not  forgetting Prince, of Camera Obscura'; in art, the work of Messiers Picasso, Hockney and Gormley; in literature, the quite brilliant Richard Yeats, John Edward Williams and Sylvia  Plath; in film, the sheer genius of Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergmann and Michelangelo Antonino; in theatre from William Shakespeare to Sarah Kane, via Anouilh, Beckett, Pinter; in movement from Madame Bausch to Acosta. And on we could go...

    There's a similar roll call in the more domestic world: Aalto, Eames, Castiglioni, Jacobsen, Kjaerholm- all sublime Masters of their craft. 

    Come and find out much more at minima. Birmingham, England, UK. 
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  6. Summer Bank Holiday

    Opening time

    Monday 28th Augut 2017: 1200-1600 

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    for Birmingham, for design, for beauty, for you?

    “Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.” Alvar Aalto

    Yes Mr Aalto again. And this time, we speak in praise of Artek. “One chair is enough” may be viewed as an odd slogan for any commercial enterprise; but there an implicit questioning of consumption, more specifically, overconsumption. Less is more. A conscious consumption, then.

    Below is an image of the ‘manifest’. Yes, a statement of core beliefs wherein art, architecture/design and propaganda form three clear sections.


    His chair "Paimio" (1931), with bentwood elements and his curvilinear vase "Savoy", (1936) have become heirlooms, major design icons that pass from generation to generation, whilst also laying the cornerstone for organic design.

    Paimio Chair  iittala savoy vase

    From the outset then, Alvar Aalto was not just an architect; designing objects and furniture played an important role in his practice.

    Early Buildings by Aalto

    Two of his most important early buildings are the municipal library in Viipuri (1927-35), and the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio (1928-33), where he also designed the entire interior and furniture and its furnishings.

    In 1935 Alvar Aalto, Aino (so often an understated protagonist!!) and friends founded the Artek company to ensure international marketing and distribution of his furniture and other designs. 

    By 1936 he was showing vases and tableware at the design competitions launched by Iittala, through which objects of Finnish designs were chosen to be shown at the 1937 Paris Exposition.

    Alvar Aalto also designed the Finnish Pavilions for the 1937 Paris Exposition and the 1939 New York World's Fair. In 1938 the Museum of Modern Art in New York mounted the first large-scale retrospective of Alvar Aalto's work, followed by others in 1984 and 1998.

    Starting with the influence of the Arts and Craft and the International Modern movements with overtones of Finnish National Romanticism with its preference for natural materials, Aalto arrived in both his buildings and his furnishings at an interpretation of functionalism that was distinctively his own.


    Profoundly focussed on "humanising architecture", he rejected artificial materials; wood, for him, was a "form-inspring, profoundly human material". Alvar Aalto and Artek, through an organic formal language continue to inspire us to this day.

    At minima. Birmingham, we honour the legacy. Come and share…

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    Monday 29th June (spring bank holiday) : 12:00pm-4:00pm

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  9. Newsletter May 2017

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  10. Easter Opening Hours

    Good Friday 14th April - 11am-4pm

    Saturday 15th April - 10am-6pm

    Easter Sunday 16th April - CLOSED

    Easter Monday 17th April - 12pm-4pm

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