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.
I rememver mentioning Catissa on this blog when it was still a prototype project. It is great to see it now in its full market glory. This modular tower allows you to elevate your cat from the floor (and your furniture), and give her an attractive place for lounging, privacy and reflection. Without messing up the design of your pad! The piece now comes in more colors and features a luxurious sheepskin cushion in every module.
I really like this sleek compact desk by New York based designer Piet Houtenbos. It features a clever storage compartment, that, in my opinion, is an excellent alternative to drawers. Here is what the designer says about it: “Wynd is a new way to think about desk storage – it’s designed to be as thin as possible while maintaining useful storage. Thinness poses a unique problem for old fashioned storage (aka drawers): to access anything larger than a pencil you are forced to move your chair back to pull the drawer all the way open and retrieve the item. Instead, with no visible hardware (even underneath!), Wynd splits in two to reveal its contents.” To open the compartment, simply press the felted area in the center. Thanks to the innovative mechanism, the compartment stays open or closed without any additional manipulations.
I’ve always had a soft spot for peg boards, their versatility is hard to match. This particular one, designed by Philip Stankard and Jon Alling of Human Crafted, is also a pleasure to look at. Handmade from natural wood, it is as handsome as it is functional.
“This is our take on the standard peg board that everyone loves to hate in their garage. When combined with another garage favorite, the bungee cord, the utility is taken to another level.”
The piece is perfect for a kitchen, home office, or any other place that requires wall storage. Choose a few accessories to customize your board even further.
I’m always on the lookout for stylish pet furniture, and this cat house is quite a looker. Made from birch wood, it is open-aired and light. I also like the humorous aspect of it – a cat furniture piece that looks like a big fish. Restores the power balance in the pet hierarchy. The piece is designed by Korean designer Sang Nam-Park and available for purchase here.
Designed by David Manning of Not Just Chairs, Your Position is a bright idea for a home office, and here is why. It is adjustable and allows you to alternate between sitting and standing (points for your back health), it comes with various storage components that can be arranged in many different ways (points for modularity), finally – the system can be disassembled and stored flat (points for space-saving). And, if you need to shift gears completely, say, to entertain a group of guests, you can remove the desk and turn the station into a room divider. With storage. Yay.
This super small folding chair has been created by the young Polish designer Pawel Kochanski. Inspired by the compactness of the carry-on luggage, the chair is tri-folded to meet the dimensions. Here is how Pawel describes his idea:
“Main concept was to create a folding chair which size will meet hand luggage dimensions restrictions that are common for most of the airlines. Object after folding was supposed not to exceed dimensions 55x40x20 cm. To meet these requirements and at the same time make useful and comfortable chair, a lot of case studies were done. Developed way of folding may seem to be complex at first sight, but in fact it’s really easy and simple. Chair is rather light thanks to chosen materials and has a string which could be used to carry it like a bag. Mobility was also one of the issues for creating this chair.”
I also like the fact that this space-saving design doesn’t compromise function. Both the seat and the backrest are wide enough for support and the angle between them allows comfortable lounging.
This unusual project was a remodel of a 75-square-meter apartment in the center of Melbourne. The goal was to maximize sleeping areas for the occupants without giving up too much of the living space. Designers, studio Clare Cousins Architects, managed to do so while increasing sitting areas and storage. Here is how they describe the project:
“The clients, who were expecting a baby at the time, wanted to convert the only bedroom into two small bedrooms. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The child’s bedroom was sized to just fit a single bed between walls. The adults bedroom utilizes 3 colourful sliding screens which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.”
I love the little podium on which the adult bedroom resides. The steps also double as seating for the living room. The multiple plywood panels, while dividing the space into zones, also hide storage, which is never a bad idea in a modestly sized space. See more photos after the break for the full tour.