This stunning mobil kitchen item made me look. The Troller kitchen cart from Legnoart provides portable storage in an elegant minimalist package. Small and slick, it can sit in the corner when not in use, barely taking any space. The single drawer conveniently slides open from either side of the unit, and a trio of ceramic containers could hold kitchen tools, utensils, breadsticks or anything you wish to have handy. The piece comes in two color options – ash wood with darker accents and the reverse – a dark wenge frame, highlighted by the light wooden parts.
I’ve always loved slot-in collapsible items for their practicality and compactness. This item from ZPStudio has all the above qualities in addition to being highly adorable. Zeta desk lamp, produced for SLowdesign, is constructed from interlocking poplar plywood pieces laser cut from a single sheet, and belongs to a series of objects called the ‘Easy Tech’ collection. Each component just slots in place, making it quite literally a child’s play to assemble. The electrical cable is coated in colored cotton fabric and presented as a decorative element rather than an eyesore. Lovely.
Symbol coat rack from Desu Design is not only a delight for the senses. Practical and compact, it is a perfect fit for a limited urban setting. When needed, the hooks pull smoothly out to help you organize your stuff. And when not in use – they flip flat automatically, creating a smooth surface. In spite of its seaming fragility, Symbol can easily hold 75lbs of coats, laptop bags and other accessories. The rack comes in color and monocrome (my personal favorite) versions. A neat little item for a busy entry area…
Blindry is a brilliant window blind that turns into a fold-down laundry rack for drying clothes indoors. Perfect for small apartments, where floor space is often too limited to accomodate drying racks, the item brings multi-functionality to the new level. No wonder its designers, Kim Bobin and Ko Kyungeun, were awarded the prestigious Red Dot award for the concept. It is also an eco-friendly idea to use air and sunlight for drying clothes instead of energy-draining machines. “Sunlight can be used to dry one’s laundry and floor space in left unhindered.” – designers say.
Everyone who follows this blog is aware of my book storage fetish. Here is another item I couldn’t pass by – the Slotted System Bookcase by Book/Shop. Ideal for a desk or a windowsill, this portable bookshelf is designed to fit a large variety of books – from small paperbacks to large art books and lps. Made in California of natural birch ply, each piece is cut and trimmed by hand to ensure an exact fit, then matte clear-coated, edge-banded, and hand rubbed with a light finish of natural beeswax. The result is gorgeous, practical and mobil. Perfect for those actively perused books you need to have in front of you at all times.
These cardboard box inspired planters by Flora made me look. Produced from zinc plated sheet metal, the items turn this seemingly temporary design into the permanent and iconic one. The planters range from a container for large plants, such as shrubs and bushes used in landscape design, to the smallest box for a cactus or table-top candle. So, you can choose the size, suitable for your unique space requirements. They can also be equipped with wheels and optional plastic insert for indoor gardening. The Box planters come in light grey, black or Corten steel.
Maisonnette (French for little house) is a collection of three mobile units, created by Italian designer Simone Simonelli. As the name suggests, the pieces are ideally suited for small spaces. Each item combines several functions in one. The small table can be turned upside down and used as a tray; the trolley is also a side table and the tallest piece can serve as a bookshelf as well as a clothes rail. I am also quite taken by the feminine fragile aesthetic of these designs. Exquisite, almost graphic lines create delightful silhouettes and let the eye forget about cramped living…
Soapbox is an ingenius modular ‘ready to assemble’ storage system, that allows building various configurations. Made from quality veneered plywoods (no particle board or MDF), the pieces are held together by clever hardware components. These strong and colorful brackets connect wooden parts into boxes and also serve as visual accents. The system allows for the unlimited transformation – the boxes can be built horizontally or vertically, sitting on the floor or hanging on a wall. Great idea for small urban dwellings!..
This beautiful minimalist panter, called hanabunko made me look. Produced by Japanese company 224porcelain, the piece dicguises itself as a book. It even comes with its own book cover… A beautiful way to add greenery to any shelf and save space.
(via Spoon & Tamago)