Here is how Barcelona based designer Roger Moliné describes his highly unusual and inventive Level shelf: “Level is a wall shelf that changes its shape depending on the content. When we put books in a category, that grows by increasing the volume available and enabling storage of more books. Thanks to the weight of the books, the shelf reveals the category with more books. So we can compare who read more books, or what kind of books we read more.” Fun, isn’t it? I also love that Lever is super lightweight. It arrives to you in a carton tube, which saves storage and shipping costs. Points for eco-thinking!
Instead of hiding your workstation, as many of us do in small apartments, Spanish designer Valentin Garal suggests to make an artful display of it. The Stilleven desk he created for Mexican brand Peca is a small leaning item, able to fit even the tightest quarters. The built-in board above the desktop can be used for notes and references as well as collectibles, art or any objects of significance you wish to look at while you work. Designer explains: “Stilleven takes the private realm into the public one; its wool display can highlight that which we treasure under the clear protection of a glass covering, while a small desk made out of walnut allows us to take a break from our day-to-day in order to catalogue the contents of the mind; the reflections on the mirror are a reminder of our surroundings.”
The Clic shelf by French designer François Beautour is a kind of a good looking minimalist piece many of us would love to see by the front door. Cleverly scaled to a small dwelling, Clic combines a mirror and a shelf with a recess for placing items on top. But the coolest bit is the one we can’t see with the naked eye. Inside the shelf there are strong magnets that allow you to hang metal items. A perfect spot for your keys, USB drives, small tools and just about anything metal. Beautifully understated and practical design.
The Oceano trunk has been created by famed French designer Andrée Putman for Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau. The naval theme, reflected in the name of the product, hints on the aesthetic of old-timey luxury cruises and elegant luggage, associated with them. The trunk, designed to hold clothing and accessories, is not strictly a luggage item, but its mobility and compactness can come handy in today’s nomad living. The frame of the piece is made of multilayer birch. The interior houses a rich mosaic of drawers in all sizes, made from MDF with textured, non-scratch paint in milk color. Hidden away inside the trunk there is also a folding mini-desk with a removable padded pouf. Everything a person needs to get dressed and beautified in style. And when on the move – simply close the trunk for easy transport and storage.
This collapsible table by Italian designer Lodovico Bernardi is a thing of beauty. Simple and pure design, combined with a clever folding action, make it a great contender for a small apartment. A very stylish small apartment. The piece folds completely flat, saving shipping and storage costs (points for eco-conscious thinking!). Thanks to the pivoting folding mechanism, it can be used on both sides.
What desk doesn’t need more storage? The Drap shelf by Russian designer and craftsman Vladimir Soveng is a beautiful way to add useful storage to any workstation of any style and size. Its inventive shape allows you to accommodate various items – papers, books, magazines, writing paraphernalia. And by turning Drap on its side – you can change the look of the shelf and create more storage on top. A beautiful idea and fine execution.
Poke stool is a furniture debut of typography designer Kyuhyung Cho. The idea was to create a grownup piece with a childish charm and playfulness. The combination of four round legs and eight holes in each seat creates a stackable stool with a graphical approach. The added twist creates a rhythm as the stack grows higher. The combination of different colors allows to built an individual structure, almost scupturesque in its geometric beauty. The Poke stool is made of natural Finnish birch and oak.
Since we’re on a subject of working from home – here is another interesting “workstation”, this time in a form of a couch. Famed Philippe Stark created the piece for the Italian brand Cassina. The couch, called My World, ergonomically designed to support the ideal posture for working and concentrating, while still being relaxed. The piece also features storage, work surfaces and ports for your various gizmos. It is so well-thought-out – you might never lift your bum…
The Worknest system by Polish designer Wiktoria Lenart is a real beauty. The sleek wooden desk has groves that allow to easily attach additional elements – shelves, boards, even flower pots. You can accessorize the piece as much or as little as you wish and make it fit your individual working style. In addition to the desk, the system includes a divider, compatible with the same accessories, used for the desk. This duo could be a great solution for a studio or any open floor plan apartment, for it creates a secluded and self-sufficient workspace on the spot.
Matrioshka storage is a witty nesting system, designed by Sasa Mitrovic of TwentyTree and manufactured by S.C.S. plus & Ergomade. As the name suggests, the smaller pieces fit beautifully inside the biggest one, making the set easy to store and transport. You also have freedom in the way you combine these cabinets in your space. The design subtly “makes you think about the mystery concealed behind the exterior appearance. It is an object that contains objects and, concurrently, protects our identity,”according to the designer.