I love all things modular, especially when they are cleverly layered to provide more storage. For example, this system by Stockholm based design duo Färg & Blanche. Aptly called Pocket Cupboard, this line of wooden storage boxes features leather pockets that allow additional space for papers, magazines and so forth. The pockets are sewn directly into the wood, the technique designers call ‘wood tailoring.’ Not only the pockets fight paper clutter, they create an original pattern when the cupboard is put together.
This 76-square-meter residence in Leiden, Netherlands has been built by Dutch firm 8A Architecten. The goal was to create a temporary dwelling for a family living in Paris, the place was intended to be low key, but comfortable and spacious. In order to create an illusion of space, the house was completely stripped of all interior walls. The ample storage is hidden inside multiple built-ins, custom made for this interior. But my favorite feature by far is the staircase that merges into a sofa. It gives fluidity to the design, creating a long continuous line of oak wood, which also adds to the optical illusion of a bigger space. For a full tour of the house see more photos after the break.
Netherlands based designer Roderick Vos came up with this brilliant hybrid. Bucketlight is a pendant lighting fixture on one side and a planter on the other. The need for this piece was born from the love for greenery and the lack of floor space in designer’s office. Having proven itself useful in a commercial environment, Bucketlight can be a good idea for a small dwelling by the same token. It takes no floor or counter space, it provides more light without adding any cordage clutter, and it brings a little jungle into an urban home. What’s not to love. The lamp is available for purchase from designer’s website.
The Inlandsis desk is collaborative effort of two French designers Mathilde Roman and Pauline Androlus. Inspired by glaciers (hence the name), the piece features the cluster of pegs of different height, which not only creates an interesting visual landscape, but also provides clever storage. You can use the pegs to hold various papers and files, display photographs, even hang things. Another interesting storage idea, implemented in this project, is the flexible textile pocket underneath the desktop. You can use it for books, tablets, even a laptop. I love how unobtrusive and intuitive this storage is. It conquers clutter without any aesthetic sacrifices.
This video shows the day in a life of the resident of the compact unorthodox loft, built by Spanish studio Elii. The Didomestic apartment, as the architects call it, occupies a refurbished attic in downtown Madrid. The open layout is achieved by suspending nearly all functional elements from the ceiling. This way each area can play multiple roles, depending on the situation. The design also features multiple built-ins, hiding ample storage in the walls, floors and ceiling. The sliding panels allow zoning the space, adding privacy when needed. The video is created by photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán. See more images of the apartment after the break.
Hi Bench is a clever low key object that any entryway can use. Created by the young American designer Bridget Sheehan, it brings simplicity and function into the space it occupies. The piece provides a spot to hold your keys, shoes, spare change, and umbrella. There is also a space to sit down to tie your shoes. Hi Bench is made from Loll HDPE – a durable waterproof plastic, which makes it low maintenance as well. Great idea!
Plug Divider System by Estudio Ji gets a massive thumbs up from me. A rolling vertical unit that incorporates narrow slide-in shelves can function as a room partition or a desk accessory (or both). Perfect for zoning small spaces, the piece is light, both structurally and visually. I like how versatile it is. With the ability to support many different configurations, the Plug divider can be used virtually in any room. Designed by Jorge Frías Montes and Irene Zurdo Prieto. Made by hand in Spain.
This unusual concept has been created by Vicky Gonzalez and Ivan Garcia of Monterrey-based creative firm Estudio Manifiesto Futura. The clever packaging for a book turns into a biodegradable sculptural planter. Designers used triangle wood chips and burlap fabric to create a shape, both flexible and stable. Here is how they explain their idea: “To design the object, we rely on materials that were 100% biodegradable. This gave us the opportunity to give another use to the packaging by making a pot. We managed to create an experience of surprise and satisfaction of the re-use of a functional object.” The packaging solution is a project commissioned by Design Week Mexico.