A couch and coffee table are top of mind when furnishing a living room, with lamps and lounge chairs added if space allows. A magazine rack, while admittedly not essential, is an underratedly useful and design-forward accessory. Beyond serving as a receptacle for notable print issues, a magazine rack can make a space feel more complete: molded plywood enhances a minimal, mid-century-inspired space, while a powder-coated steel frame is in keeping with contemporary trends. Consider it a low-lift way to sample a new aesthetic, or simply bring cohesion to a room.

Saito Wood Co. Ayous Magazine Rack

Crafted from plywood, with a warm-hued wood veneer, the Saito Wood Co. magazine rack fuses mid-century undertones with atemporal minimalism. Its simplicity lends it chameleonic qualities, complementing virtually any style of decor.

Makr Magazine Rack

Makr’s magazine rack — with a thin, powder-coated steel frame — is in keeping with the clean lines and casual appearance of California Modern designs. Its hand-sewn Horween leather sling will wear in to develop a patina over time, getting better with age.

Umbra Gazette Magazine Rack

With three tiers, Umbra’s Gazette magazine rack puts titles front and center, making it easier to find a favorite, or, say, show off a collection of back issues of the New Yorker. Crafted from painted wood, it features an ashwood handle for aesthetic contrast and easy carrying.

Schoolhouse Electric A-Frame Storage Rack

A more classic ode to mid-century styling, Schoolhouse Electric’s A-frame rack can hold everything from magazines to books and albums, or logs adjacent to the fireplace. With an understated matte black frame wrapped in black rope, it’s minimal, yet utterly functional.

Yamazaki Home Tower Magazine Rack

From under-the-radar Japanese housewares brand Yamazaki comes a magazine rack that borders on sculpture. Made from powder-coated steel, the minimal storage solution can hold an impressively large stack of magazines, newspapers or books, with a sturdy handle for easy transportation.

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