Inspired by international travel, this unusual shelf blends the line between nomadic and permanent. Designed by Assaf Israel for Joynout, the piece consists of a number of modular components, which can be put together in a form of an open wardrobe, a bookcase, or a desk. The poles and the shelves are made of solid wood and the rings tying between the poles are made of Birch plywood. Most of the parts are produced using CNC cutting: a precise and rapid production and the structure is ready to be assembled, using 12 screws only. The storage baskets and planters can be added to customize Tipi shelf even further. Available for purchase here.
This exciting Kickstarter project made me look. New Zealand based studio Refold took the most understated material, cardboard, and turned it into something cool, useful and ergonomically advanced. Their cardboard standing desk is foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable. “Weighing only 6.5kg’s our design adds a new dimension to hot desking and fluid workspaces, – designers say, – The portability facilitates a modern workflow, allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration.” Even at home, it makes a lot of sense. You can move it from room to room, fold it when extra space is needed or adjust its height and share it with another person. You can check out the campaign and make a pledge here.
The Indoor Stoop by Thing Industries encompasses everything I love about good design. It is compact, well thought-out, aesthetically pleasing and multifunctional. Featuring three soft-close drawers with peg board surface, the Indoor Stoop works well in any area of your apartment for storage of clothes, books, stationary, papers, kitchen supplies, or just about anything. It can also be used as a step ladder for reaching things, a display area for showing things, or as extra seating. And it’s made in Brooklyn. Sweet.
The Dots shelving system by Italian studio Aris has taken the peg board idea to a new extreme. Comprised of modular panels, the furniture can be attached to the wall of any height or size – a great call for small and odd spaces. The shelving boxes are attached to the panels via small wooden cylinders, so you can customize and modify the size and capacity of your storage with elegance and ease. The Dots system has already landed a Red Dot Design Award 2014 for Interior Design Elements. Kudos.
This minimalist and inventive shelving system is a great idea for a small space, especially if you like to change things around. Aptly called Backpack, the system is comprised from wooden shelves that are held together by straps. It requires only four mounting points and allows changing the length of the straps, providing you with a useful adjustable storage solution. Backpack is quite a looker too, and neutral enough to apply it in many different settings. The shelves are made from laminated wood, coated with white melanin. The belts come in white, light grey and anthracite grey. Available for purchase from the designers’ website.
This modular storage system by Fritz und Franken does everything modular storage should do – it adapts to any space size and shape, it is easy to plan and even easier to put together. The modules are held in place by side-mounted runners and skids placed along the opening edges of each cube. Clever. The boxes come in several pleasing pastel colors, so they will look right at home in any room. And made from the renewable polyrey high pressure laminate (a material that is made of 65% paper), this furniture is as eco-friendly as it is goodlooking.
Finally, a charging stand that will work with any device, past present and future one, Apple or Android. Yay!.. San-Francisco based collective DODOcase, in collaboration with Stikwood, created Charing Nest, an elegant adaptable changing station. The piece features rich, smooth orchard walnut with a leather wrap made from American-tanned Logger’s Leather. It is compatible with the following devices: 30-Pin cable (from the Original iPhone and iPad through iPhone 4S); Lightning cable (iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad mini, iPad Air, and forthcoming iPhone 6); Micro-USB cable for all Android devices. The Charging Nest is wide enough to accommodate any cover too. Sold here.
I quite like this slim and minimal desk by Nathan Yong. Inspired by mid-century design, the piece looks modern and vintage at the same time, a difficult fit to pull. The desk is compact, the work surface is big enough for a laptop and a writing area. The two sets of drawers, one under the desktop and one above, provide storage for papers, writing paraphernalia and other essentials. The upper drawers also serve as an additional surface for your lamp, books, or other whatnots that would otherwise take out desktop space. The frame and the drawer fronts are made from solid American walnut, the rest – from veneer and MDF. Available for purchase here.
How simple and cleve is this? Shelves that mold around objects! Shelfie by Finland based designer Nikolo Kerimov allows you to bend your storage your way. The system is comprised of a light timber frame and flexible textile shelves that you can attach horizontally, vertically or diagonally. A truly nomadic product, Shelfie can be disassembled in minutes and folded flat for easy storage and transportation.
Neat freaks – rejoice. This modular furniture system by Ying Chang is made with you in mind. Aptly called Grid, this concept is inspired by the two-dimensional grid used by graphic designers. Here the grid principle translates into a series of transparent mesh components of various sizes that attach to each other, creating unique customizable storage. The same piece can be used as a desk, dining area, kitchen storage and more. The designer explains: “As living spaces get smaller and merge with working spaces, the use of tables, desks and shelving are evolving, yet their basic forms remain largely unchanged.” The main storage components are supplemented by various add-ons – shelves, pockets, boards, even coasters and place mats. Another great customizable idea. Check out the video and more photos after the break.