Bottleship Mark 2 is a midcentury classic by renown Ernest Race and a reminder that well-designed things don’t age. A witty little hybrid between a mini-bar and a magazine rack has all the potential to be a shoebox hit. It is compact, multifunctional, and packs lots of character. Available for purchase here.
Le Valet has been designed by the French studio La Fonction. With its refined frame, it divides space, which is already useful in a small apartment. In addition to that, the piece holds small items, provides a mirror (elegantly attached by two leather straps) and three hooks for clothing or bathrobe. It is also a lovely item to give to a house guest, allowing for privacy and a bit of organization. Le Valet is made of solid wood and comes in eight finishes. Available for purchase here.
Batea is an auxiliary table, designed by Daniel García and María J. Vargas for Woodendot. The piece features a slick serving tray that can make your entertaining, lounging with a drink, or an occasional TV dinner that much more elegant. Batea is composed of a tray, a lacquered metal structure, and three solid wooden legs easy to assembly. Solid natural ash wood has been used for color finishes and solid oak wood for the natural ones. The piece comes in 7 different finishes, so you can either match the colors or go for a contrast. Beautiful design and execution.
Glance is a cool take on a pegboard principle, created by designer Navid Akbarnejad. The sleek looking backboards are easily mounted on the wall and can house various attachments, anything from a cup holder to shelving and planters. Glance’s slotted design promises more stability than an average pegboard does. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action.
If you remember the Floyd Leg or Floyd Shelf, you will appreciate the idea behind this new project by the same creators – The Floyd Platform Bed. The principle of modularity and DIY exists here as well. You attach your surface to the brackets, and the piece of furniture is born. The Floyd bed comes in three sizes, king, queen or tween, or, you can only purchase the hardware and use your own surface material. The project is currently Kickstarting.
L Shelf is a clever modular storage component, created by designer Aurélien Veyrat of Objet Optimisé. These L-shaped units (hence the name) can be easily connected together to form shelving systems of various size. Here is how designer describes this product: “L is to storage what stone is to building: the original element, the basis of creation and the expression of modularity. Whatever your needs, L is the comma that punctuates space without limitation.” Lovely. See more photos after the break.
This clever IKEA hack took less than $500 and 6 hours to accomplish. Lowly IKEA kitchen cabinets were transformed into a full platform bed with quite ample storage underneath. Wonderful use of resources.
This is just delightful. Created by a team of designers in Italy, PlayWood is a simple connector that allows you to create your own modular furniture from any kind of wood your want (or have on hand). The principle is simple: download the designs, purchase the PlayWood connectors, cut your wood into pieces (according to your chosen design), and build your very own piece. You can choose any kind of material with a variable thickness from 1,5 cm to 2,0 cm. A great way to DIY.
The Lux bedside table by British designer Jake Barker is a thing of beauty and dual function. The detachable light fixture can be used as a reading lamp, ambient lighting, or a low brightness nightlight. A simple touch of the metal plate in the lamp’s base changes the intensity. Perfect little table, especially if your bedroom is small.
Berlin based studio Ambivalenz created Fläpps leaning shelf, which to me is an example of simplicity and function combined. The shelf is easy to put together, it folds flat against the wall when not in use, and it can withstand quite a lot of things in its business mode. A design any shoebox dweller can definitely appreciate! Thanks to its clean lines, Fläpps can blend with any interior and benefit any room that need extra storage. The piece is made from birch plywood with metal hardware.