Land Peel is a space-saving concept furniture piece, developed by the Japanese industrial design student Shin Yamashita from the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Based on the traditional tatami design, the piece provides a platform surface that can be easily changed by “peeling off” the elements as you need them. The versatile mat can be easily turned into a desk, lounging or dining area, couch and more. I love this idea.
Pivot table by Amsterdam based designer Lex Pott is all kinds of cute. It makes a lot of sense for a small dwelling too. The piece is tiny and comes in four geometric variations, made to fit in any spot or corner. It looks great on its own or in groupings. Available for purchase here.
This elegant design was created by French studio Alki. A wall mounted modular system, called Zutik, allows you to incorporate multiple storage and display items on one solid wooden beam. The piece includes a mirror, some hooks, a ladder that doubles as a bookcase, and a variety of pin boards and shelves. You can reconfigure the elements with ease to achieve the desirable option. A perfect idea for a typical little studio, where the entryway blends with the rest of the apartment.
Manolo is a multi-functional storage frame, created by Italian designer Ilario Branca. It features a simple grid of 64 knobs, that hold various accessories. You can turn this piece into a shelf, bookcase, coat hanger, bedside table and more. Manolo comes in two orientations, square and rectangular, and in four colors, green, yellow, brown, and white. The product includes two shelves and a hanger. Additional accessories are also available. Check out the video after the break to see more uses of this clever storage. Available for purchase here.
This sculptural and visually appealing shelf, called Små Ting, was designed specifically for the little items that seem to always clutter our spaces, especially in tiny dwellings. Designer Johanna Paulsson describes her idea this way: “Our need for storage is personal and constantly changing. Today we often live in small spaces, have many things AND live a hectic life. My desire is to ease the temporary storage of small things that occurs in everyday life.” I love the versatility of the shelf, it can find its place in any area of your apartment. It can also be fitted with a mirror or hooks, but I quite like the look of it without any additions. Just a piece of wood, rolled to hold things. Simple, functional, and aesthetically beautiful.
This clever adjustable table, named Wooden Cloth, has been created by Swedish designer Nathalie Dackelid. The piece grows and shrinks easily to accommodate different uses and situations. Thanks to its corrugated underside, the leaves of the table can retract to the exact length you need, perfect for accommodating a few extra friends for dinner, or freeing up a little extra space to dance. Check out the video after the break to see this piece in action.
Bike Dock is an aesthetically pleasing bike storage solution, designed by the Berlin-based design studio .flxble. It is handcrafted from birch wood and constructed in such a way, that allows you to fold the rack away, when not in use. “The design of our bike rack is simple, minimalistic and elegant, – designers say. – In the Bike Dock, we combine modern and traditional techniques in a novel way and use in the manufacture an innovative bending process by which we make the birch wood flexible.” The two belts, that give the piece its stability, come in white, black, grey, brown, and read. Available for purchase here.
Duotable is a new creation of Michael Hilgers, the man who gave the world this beautiful space-saving desk. The new table is a hybrid, made specifically for us, shoebox dwellers. It can be used as a 4-person dinner table, then transformed into a functional homeoffice by simply flipping a table half. Duotable hides a sizable storage compartment inside, ideal for your papers, writing materials, books and gizmos. I also love the cable slot, running on the back. This design has already landed the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2015. I am not surprised.
This idea reminds me of Lumio, the book light I featured some time ago. Here too, we have a book shape, transformed into an interior object. Bookniture can be used as a coffee table, nightstand, stool, footrest, and more. Folded, it fits neatly on a bookshelf, taking virtually no space at all. A great concept! And a thoughtful gift too. Currently kickstarting.
Here is another notable product launching campaign – Portable Lap Desk Installation No.1 by Yois Design. In spite of its unusually long name, the product itself is very compact and small space friendly. The desk doesn’t have legs. Instead it sits on a set of wall mounted brackets. As a user, you have the freedom to install the brackets at any height you prefer, to use it whether sitting or standing. Neat. You can also move around with the desk, use the groove in its surface for your phone or tablet, and, when done, store the desk flat against the wall. Available for purchase through the currently running Kickstarter campaign.