Sigh. The Times T Magazine featured ANOTHER perfectly minimalist apartment with no sign of a human being in it. The Times’ editorializing doesn’t seem quite accurate. They’re billing it as “powerful simplicity”; we call it a show house…

“I always need something that irritates the eye,” Gustav says, though irritation is not quite right: The result is more quietly subversive. He says his grandfather, a blacksmith who “had a beautiful sense of nothing,” influenced his sensibility. But Gustav’s rooms, though spare, are hardly minimalist.

Still, we culled some good ideas from Danish designer Oliver Gustav’s very gray Copenhagen apartment.

An old cabinet from a zoological museum (above) “serves as a space for reflection”. Or a desk. We’re thinking that the tiny strips of brackets are a great idea for transforming a closet, cabinet or armoire into a tiny office, with moveable shelves and work surface.

We love the chair with a NOT matching ottoman, both covered in heavy linens…

Henry Bourne for the New York Times

The bed draped with a vintage blanket of wool and hemp, a reminder of the great possibilities in vintage textiles. And that a heavy linen sheet (which it looks like) makes a fine bed cover.

Henry Bourne for the New York Times