Spinny cabinet, created by Joe Colombo for the furniture brand B-Line, adds a new twist to a familiar idea. Each of the twelve drawers of this piece can spin 180° (hence the product name). The drawers range in height, allowing the piece to fit many different storing needs. And thanks to the swiveling mechanism, you can see the contents of each drawer easily. No more clutter, festering in the dark corners! Spinny comes in the variety of colors and two versions - one with steel framework and base on swivel wheels and the other anchored to the wall.
There is a lot to love about this modular shelving system by Norman Hadler. It is lightweight, easy to install and made to fit any space, big or small. Innovative lap joints create stable, aesthetically-pleasing configurations of horizontal and vertical plywood panels. The shelf is just as easy to take apart for moving and storage. And if your space requirements change you can purchase additional panels to accommodate it. The panels come in different sizes, which lets your to expand the variety of design and planning possibilities. Watch the video after the break to see Skalor in action.
This multifunctional desk that doubles as a compact bed has been created by Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL. Designer says that the piece was inspired by her “experiences while studying and working in New York.” Ha! In its desk form, the item looks like a rather traditional 6’5″ workspace. When unfolded into a bed - the front facade comes down to form the base and mattress. The right facade drops to create a headrest. Here is how Athanasia describes the project: “The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.” This sleeping nook under the desk can also brighten the day of any busy professional working long hours. I sure can use one right now…
I love pegboards. They create tons of storage, they’re easy to install and adapt to a particular scenario, and their neutral design allows us to apply them virtually in any room. German designer Halfmann Mennickheim must have felt the same about the humble item, because he went to some creative lengths with it. By bending the perforated surface he made it into shelving. The move multiplied storage possibilities while still allowing you to mount hooks. He called his creation Raster, which means “grid” in German. Needless to say, the piece can serve equally well as an entryway item, kitchen storage, kids’ room storage and more.
This stunning folding table, called Lucy, has been created by Stockholm based designer Alexander Lervik for furniture brand Johanson Design. The innovative folding mechanism is based on an S-shaped slot that locks the legs and gives support to the frame when the table is unfolded. It also looks beautiful and delicate. When folded the piece is flat enough for convenient storage.”I wanted to create a really attractive table that didn’t pay attention to practical requirements. That was how the idea for folding legs cropped up, as they are stylistically pure in shape. The whole thing finished up with me having designed a smart folding table based on beauty rather than practicality,” - says the designer.
The Homework Desk by London-based designer Robin Grasby is a highly flexible work and storage station. The piece rests on a simple beech trestle and has options for felt storage slings, drawers, integrated wooden ruler, book support, monitor shelf, cutting mat, whiteboard, space for vertical filing and charging ports for your devices… An impressive range of specifications for a single item! Designer interviewed a number of desk users – designers, teachers, architects, illustrators – and concluded that no two workspaces are alike. Each user has a unique set of functional requirements. This modular piece comes as close to building your own desk as possible. Great idea beautifully executed.
What would a shelving system look like if playful customization was its main objective? This question was posed by Danish design studio KiBiSi, and the answer came to them in a form of an architectural bookshelf, called Slice. The main feature of the system is a slice of plywood. In assembly the slices fit together for individual display, which allows for optimum flexibility of the system and makes it adaptable to any, even small or awkward space.
The Double Life closet by JuHyun Shin gives us a chance to hide messy shelves in minutes. A demoralizing concept but a very enticing one, especially for those of us who needs to get dressed in a hurry. Thanks to the clever doors that can flip to either side – we can close the unsightly cabbies and display the ones we want others to see. The Double Life closet system is modular and allows to create multiple configurations. Check out the video to see the piece in action.
This minimalist wall desk by Dario Antonioni is a clever multi-use object. With its full surface slide out tray and wire management slot, it is perfect as a laptop station, full desktop station or just a writing desk. And when the work is over, the piece can be easily adapted as a display shelf with extra storage – something everyone can find use for. The piece comes in walnut or rift oak. Available for purchase here.
Lithuania based design studio etc.etc. came up with this clever modular storage item, called Foldin. This shelving unit is comprised of a wooden frame and folding shelves (hence the name). The frame is expandable and can hold from two to twenty shelf segments. Each shelf is made of three plywood pannels connected to each other via a piece of felt. This flexible structure allows to change the look of the unit easily depending on a situation. The frame itself can serve as a holder for hooks or hangable items. The piece ships and stores flat.