The 360 shelf, created by Slovenian designer Luka Pirnat, is probably the most unusual storage concept I’ve seen. Minimalist and unobtrusive, the piece rotates (hence the name) to fit your storage need or preference. “360 shelf is made to fit, – designer says. – It has an enviable span that ranges from a chic shelf for books and zines, handy landing for tech, to space for simple stashing or displaying of all your favourite things under any angle.” I like the idea of having a compact, easily mountable parking spot for the things you need close to your daily trajectories. I can see myself using this shelf in the kitchen (for just one or two most prominent cookbooks), by the bedside (for my Kindle and notebooks), and near my desk (for important papers I need to deal with urgently). The project is currently in a funding stage. I hope it becomes a reality soon. Watch the video after the break to see it in action.
This little desk is a great idea for people who want to break the sedentary routine and try different positions while working on a laptop or tablet. Acute by Yorkshire based studio Bee9 is designed to make working and relaxing sat on the floor ergonomically more comfortable to do, with the option to use it as a standing desk, on top of a worktop. The desk leans over at 15° to create an ideal surface to work on and is designed to be used with books, notepads, laptops and tablets. The removable rest is made up of two parts, it keeps everything where it should be and allows you to adapt the surface to different tasks. The horizontal shelf serves as storage for books and papers. And if you’re not using Acute as a desk, stand it on its side, to use as a compact table or stool with a minimal footprint.
Loopholes by Belgian studio Atelier Belge is a fine example of modular storage. Comprised of a steel grid and multiple storage add-ons, Loopholes can serve organizing needs practically in any area of a home. The hooks, containers, and shelves can be mixed and rearranged. There is no limit to what this system can do. You can use it in the kitchen, home office, entryway, bathroom; you can even turn it into a hanging garden wall. The grid comes in black and white powder-coated steel, the shelving components are made from natural wood, the hooks and trays are made of powder-coated steel. Available for purchase here.
Here is a cool idea – a line of furniture that is assembled by way of powerful magnets instead of adhesive or metal fasteners. Dock 312, a young design firm from Chicago, introduced a series of goodlooking side tables, all featuring flat-pack principle and intuitive, tactile assembly without the use of tools. Each design is also reversible – just turn it upside down, replace the glass top and the piece instantly turns into a whole new table. Powerful magnets add sturdiness to the structure. A great concept.
The Leaning Loop is a multi-purpose upright organizer made of solid hardwood. It is a handcrafted modular clothing hanger, bag holder, gadget shelf, mirror, magnet board, key holder, and shoe shelf all in one slender package. Born out of necessity, the piece was envisioned by Jason van der Burg of Urbanworm Design, while designer lived in a tiny room of a shared apartment. He needed something compact, functional and elegant to hold his entryway items (as, indeed, many of us do). The Leaning Loop comes in ash, cherry, walnut, rift white oak, or maple. You can choose between a magnetic blackboard or magnetic mirror and customize your hardware. And the best part for renters (and/or gals) – no drilling of the wall is required.
Smartrobe is a clever creation by German designer Wolfgang Riegger for his label Carrothead. This versatile storage piece can be attached to the wall, shelf, even railing in your closet, and serve as a simple and convenient way to unload your pockets. Made out of birch, without plastic or adhesives, Smartrobe can be assembled in seconds, and taken apart when not needed.
These table trestles by Czech studio Master & Master are a fantastic idea for any small apartment. Stackable and lightweight, they can be used with any tabletop, and stored away when not in use. The trestles are available in five colors and two heights, allowing you to create a dining table/desk or a coffee table. Neat!
This simple and minimalist rack by Karl Mikael Ling is both visually and structurally light. The aluminium mounting plate is simply and discreetly attached to the wall. The hanger then pinches the mounting plate (hence the name of the piece), connecting into precut grooves. When not in use, the hanger can easily be hung flat against the wall. Perfect for small spaces. Available for purchase here.
I don’t think I will ever grow tired from the simplicity and functional freedom of the clamp-in table legs. This version, aptly called Adap.Table, is created by two Taiwan based designers Ta Yang Hsu and Francois Elphick. They introduced two versions of the design – Delta and Ribbon, both very elegant. Thanks to the adjustable clamping mechanism, the legs can be attached to any surface, instantly creating a table. Available from Indiegogo.
If you like The Floyd Leg, you’re going to love this new addition to the line – The Floyd Shelf. The principle here is the same: a set of brackets holds a flat surface of your choice, instantly creating a shelf. Just attach the brackets to the wall and clamp them to the material. The piece comes in white, black, or red powder coat finish. It works with any surface up to 1 5/8″ (4 cm) thick. Available for purchase here.