Recycled and recyclable, this cool paper basket has been created by Emanuele Pizzolorusso. This idea has been done by others (and noticed by garbage nerds like me), but the cupcake holder resemblance here takes the prize. 50 pleated bags, all stacked into each other, make for an effortless trash removal. Once the top bag is filled, throw it away with the contents and move to the next one, repeat. Beautiful, easy and eco-friendly.
Since we’re on the subject of desks, here is one I am truly delighted by. DeskBox by Israel-born UK-based designers Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges studio, created for the furniture brand Arco, is a soaring example of elegant simplicity and clever space-saving. A practical small table/cabinet that is hung onto a wall is ideal for small apartments. It its “box” mode, the item is barely extended from the wall. But as you pull the cover down – it turns into a nicely sized workstation, sufficient for a laptop or some writing paraphernalia. The opening on the back for cables and cords and a small storage compartment complete the piece.
I believe in the virtue of small desks. Especially if our tasks are limited to writing, reading and light computing (which is usually the case for many people at home). Limited surfaces keep you organized and, if you add a clever storage hack to it, you’re set. The Quello table by British designer Phil Procter is exactly that – a tiny desk with the neat storage compartment. When not in use as a work station, Quello can serve as a console in a hallway or vestibule. Add a chair to it – and it transforms. The top of the table slides both ways allowing one to reach the storage underneath without disturbing objects on the surface. Lovely idea beautifully executed.
This beautiful storage system was designed by Italian studio Joe Velluto for the furniture company Muvom. Called Joe’s Addiction, the modular unit combines many elements into functional and easily customizable configurations. Thanks to the variety of components and the array of different colors and finishes, you can build unique storage, properly fitting your individual space. And if you want to change the look of your item – the parts can be easily moved and rearranged to your liking.
Mister T is a cute and clever multifunctional piece, created by Paris-based designer Antoine Lesur for French brand Oxyo. In its folded state the item takes less space than a small pouf. But as you unravel it, Mister T becomes a side table, a tray, a stool, a footrest, and even a dining/seating arrangement for two. And each incarnation is marked with functional elegance and simplicity. Who knew that a small basket with two pillows and a tray could do all that… Wishlisted!
Good Erdle was launched in 2012 by Andrew and Richard Erdle, father and son design duo. Their first product is a real eye candy for any urban gardener. The series of modular stoneware clay planters can fit beautifully in small apartments. Place them separately around the room or gather them into various shapes, depending on your counter space situation. There are no drainage holes in the legs, so you never have to worry about water leaking out. You can fill those with sand, stones or charcoal to absorb water. The legs also allow you to run cables and cords underneath – perfect for desks and kitchen counters. Cood Erdle planter collection is on sale at Fab for the next two days.
(images curtesy homestilo)
The www shelf by Victor Matic captured one very important aspect of today’s design – change. We live in the era of consumer bliss and rapid social and financial fluctuations. As the result, nearly any item in our home becomes a variable. Victor’s shelf fully embraces this idea and offers a flexible form that morphs into many shapes and dimensions.
Here is how he describes the design: “In an accelerated era full of freedom of forms and the change as a status quo I am creating an object which itself has no definite state and which is capable of interacting with the user and his environment. ‘www’ is an interpretation of the ‘shelf’ archetype. Between form and function, between space and dimension, between a not-yet and a not-anymore it creates concrete opportunities and specific associations. Through its parts it is not only a modular system, but also a type of installation in an ever changing space.”
Check out the video to see the changing shelf in action. The piece is currently on display at the Salone del Mobile 2012.
This little item, aptly called Buchtisch (German for Book Table), by Germany based design firm Studio Voigt Dietrich is a lovely companion to a reading chair. Small in size, it can fit in any space, even a tiny one. The unusual shape of the piece allows you to use it as a side table, book storage and also a bookmark. It will hold your teacup as well as your curent page. A nice idea for any ‘active reading’ you might have scattered across the room.
This lighting fixture made me look. Wrappie Lamp by Warsaw based studio KABO&PYDO changes its height thanks to the adjustable cable, wrapped around the ceramic tube (hence the name). Rather interesting combination of a humble cable and elegant ceramic gives the lamp its charm. And because it can be suspended virtually over any surface, it can play many roles, even serve as a reading lamp, eliminating the need for a table one. The piece comes in white ceramic with blue, white, green and orange cable choices.