October 5, 2012

These simple boxes are created by the French studio YPLFL for the purpose of storing small items. The inspiration for the series came from designer’s habit to store change, car keys and other essentials into actual building bricks. Eventually the concept was streamlined and transformed into these wooden boxes – Les Briques – that are colorful and fun. You can stack them on top of each other to save space. Available for purchase here.

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May 30, 2012

Symbol coat rack from Desu Design is not only a delight for the senses. Practical and compact, it is a perfect fit for a limited urban setting. When needed, the hooks pull smoothly out to help you organize your stuff. And when not in use – they flip flat automatically, creating a smooth surface. In spite of its seaming fragility, Symbol can easily hold 75lbs of coats, laptop bags and other accessories. The rack comes in color and monocrome (my personal favorite) versions. A neat little item for a busy entry area…

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May 14, 2012

This interesting and rather witty idea was submitted by Rome based design studio Rota-Lab. While working on a private project and facing a space challenge, the designers came up with this concept – incorporate storage into the bathroom door. “We thought we could use the door’s volume, adding some built in boxes, to contain stuff that would otherwise occupy other surfaces,” – they explain. From the outside the door looks rather unusual and sculpturesque, which is a beautiful side effect of this design.

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April 5, 2012

Philadelphia based industrial designer John Paulick had a great idea. He created a system of modular wine racks, inspired by beehives, capable to accomodate a wine collection of any size and fit in any space. The product, called WineHive, is lite, sturdy, fully collapsible and ships flat. You can start with the wine rack of any size. And when you are ready to add to your honeycomb-looking structure – you simply slide panels into each other and voilà. No tools, no sweat, no manuals to read. The WineHive rack system is currently displayed on Kickstarter, and for the next 13 days you can pledge to get your set.

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March 21, 2012

Entry area is usually a place where we unload our daily gear – handbags, umbrellas, scarves… And the simpler the process is organized, the less clutter stays in the area. This next item by design collective Viable London is very straightforward and takes virtually no space. The OTT hook collection, comprised of four hooks, allows you to use your door as a base. The hooks are attached with a single screw and removed just as easily. Different lengths and color choices add variety and let you match the arrangement to the existing decor. The items are made from powder-coated steel, have rounded edges to avoid snags and adhesive rubber to protect your door. Available for a short time at Made.

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February 12, 2012

I just had a ‘cute overload’ moment over a wall hook (don’t judge). Brooklyn based designer David Barry created a hook, called Frank, that is simply adorable. Made from powder coated metal, the rabbit-resembling piece is also strong and, with such likable personality, ideal for kids’ rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, you name it. Here is how Barry describes the design: “Frank is a quiet sort of fellow, who simply likes to hang out. He’s incredibly patient and diligent. If you ask him to hold something, he’ll never let go. He is quite literally as strong as steel, though he’s just three inches tall.” Ha! Pledge on David Barry’s Kickstarter page if you want to get yours.

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February 3, 2012

I fell instantly in love with this sleek little item. Designed by Japanese studio Taiji Fujimori for Sample, Ripple iPhone stand provides an elegant resting spot for your beloved device. And, thanks to the strategically positioned groves, it can also keep your charger in place. Made from cypress wood and smoothed into a simple and minimal shape, Ripple stand is a perfect complement to the Apple laconic design. It even mirrors the Apple keyboard tilt. So, placed among your collection of OMGiWant things, the piece will blend seamlessly. But more importantly – no more frantic searching expeditions and phoning yourself from the landline.

(HT Spoon & Tamago)

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January 27, 2012

This ingenious X hanger was created by Israeli designer Kfir Schwalb. Thanks to its cross-shaped design, the piece can accomodate two hanging options in one - a hook rack option and a clothes hanger option. The fusion of these two functions is what informed the idea of the piece. The X hanger is made from powder-coated, bent steel and comes in a variety of colors.

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January 17, 2012

This exciting bike storage idea belongs to Sacramento based design duo Steven Tiller and Stephanie Birch of Reclamation Art + Furniture studio. The project was born out of necessity - the couple lives in a small downtown apartment (fellow shoebox dwellers – yay!). ‘We bring our bikes inside, – says Steven. – Given our storage issues, this makes navigating the entry hall difficult. I personally have tripped over or snagged a pair of dress pants on an awkwardly placed bicycle more than once. The solution? The Bike Valet.’ The product is made from 1/8″ cold steel, its elegant shape is cut using a laser cutter. You have your choice of either a leather or neoprene pad to rest your bike on. And with six colors available – you can think up many beautiful color/pad combinations. You can purchase the Bike Valet on Etsy, or better yet – support Steven and Stephanie’s Kickstarter project and help turning this cool storage idea into a thriving success.

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January 10, 2012

These accessory hangers by Montreal based design studio Toma Objects are sculptural and visually delightful. Made from untreated birch wood, they are thin and compact enough for even the tiniest of closets. You can use them for gloves, scarves, belts, ties and other small items. The number of loops vary from one to three, so you can choose your storing weapon according to your accessory situation. And because these hangers look the way they do, you can bravely display them, even when they are empty.

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