I love slot-in designs, as you might have noticed. They make assembly of furniture easy, eliminate fiddling with hardware and create playfulness that is hard to beat. This modular storage system by Belgian designer Xavier Coenen, called MoMogul, is a perfect example of this approach. A stackable solution, composed of three modules of different size, interlocks seamlessly to create customizable bookcases, media storage systems, display pieces and more. I love the agility of this idea. You can just as easily take the item apart and redesign it on the spot. Beautiful. The MoMogul shelving system is made from birch plywood and comes in a variety of colors.
(via the mag)
I’m a big fan of the Bouroullec brothers’ designs, and this particular one is especially endearing. The little smooth shelves, called Corniches, create beautiful and multifunctional storage. Here is how designers describe their idea: “The same way that we hang our belongings on a rock jutting from a cliff before diving into the sea, we need small, informal storage in everyday life too.” Shaped as individual, isolated protrusions in space, Corniches adapt to your unique taste and purpose. Use them for your keys beside the front door, as a pedestal for a small collection of objects or as a broad wall display, – the choice is yours. And to aid your creative process the manufacturer, Swiss brand Vitra, created an iPhone app that lets you take a picture of your wall and virtually test the location of your chosen shelves. So cool. Corniches are available for purchase here.
The Desk Pad by Eric Degenhardt is a minimalist and space-saving alternative to a traditional home office arrangement. The piece is wall-mounted, which means – no precious floor real estate have been wasted. Perfect for those of us living in tight quarters! I also love the combination of thin powder coated steel and leather. The Desk Pad contains storage compartments for you files, papers and writing tools. Though compact and streamlined, it has enough space for a power strip, a necessity of our time.
It is always a thrilling moment when a good idea makes it to the production line. Even more thrilling is actually seeing it happen. One of my all-time faves, the Timber table by talented designer and carpenter Julian Kyhl, is about to be funded at ideacious. So, ladies and gents, if you’re on a market for a collapsible dining table – check it out. Watch the mesmerizing assembly video after the break to see how the piece works.
(thank you, Kenna)
Last week I made a post about a disappearing kitchen, this time – it’s a dining room that disappears. German manufacturer Alno created a set, table and two seats, that is built right into the kitchen cabinetry and can be tucked away when not in use. A lovely thought for a tiny space dweller. Although the weight capacity of the pull-out pieces is a concern, I really love the idea. In a small studio where all functional areas are interchangeable, it is nice to have an option of a dining set that takes no room. I’m curious though – what kind of witchcraft magic designers used to fit the table into that narrow cabinet…
Miniki modular kitchen has been created with small spaces in mind. Designers considered the fact that in most studio apartments cooking and lounging areas are squeezed into one room. So they envisioned a kitchen that disappears after use. “This is the only way to turn the living room back into a room to live in,” – they point. The finished product is a beautiful and clever system of three interchangeable units that hide all cooking paraphernalia and look like an elegant sideboard. Fabulous. And with 15 colors available – there is every chance to customize the piece for any interior. Miniki kitchen scored several awards including the Reddot Design Award 2012 and the Interior Innovation Award 2013.
Chevron Shelves by Australian designer Henry Wilson is a beautifully simple and adaptable object, perfect for small or frequently changing spaces. The piece is modular, so you can create a configuration specific to your interior and storing needs. It is also flat-packed. Each unit is assembled from four pieces of precision milled birch-ply. The shelves are put together via the slot-in principle without any tools or adhesives. I love the ergonomic tilt, allowing to see contents of the lower shelves at a glance. It’s also pleasing that the shelves are tall enough for big art books and magazines.
This cool item by German studio Why The Friday consists of four clamping wedges that can be attached to a sheet of wood (or any other material for that matter) to create a table. You can vary this improvised tabletop in size, color, thickness and texture. What a great idea for a small and/or oddly shaped room! I also like the look of the legs, resembling four blue monkey wrenches. They are also semi-finished and cheap to produce.
I’m quite fond of this space-saving idea from Swedish designer Jonas Forsman. The Clip folding table is a lightweight piece made in three sizes. Simple and clean design paired with an innovative folding principle can make this table a great solution for a small apartment. Unlike many other folding tables, no clasps or screws are needed to fold up Clip. The technique used is as ingenious as it is simple: a collapsible tension leg in a self-locking plastic snap. So when the formal dining experience is over, the piece can be stored away in seconds.
The Litho desk has been created by French designer Thibault Desombre for the furniture brand Ligne Roset. The piece features a natural oak veneer top with drawer on the left-hand side, plus a satin-lacquered desk top at an angle on the right-hand side. ”Litho is a poetic approach to the workspace,” – designer note. But in addition to the inspired look, it is also quite practical. The clever asymmetrical shape of the desktop creates more space while remaining compact. The desk comes in white, mustard, caramel or deep khaki.