Copenhagen based designer Cecilie Manz came up with this attractive and functional design. Called Aitio shelves, these storage boxes can be hung on a wall or serve as free standing containers. Perfect for greenery, kitchen accessories, papers, desk paraphernalia, books and just about anything you can think of. There is an option to attach hooks to the edges of the shelves. Aitio are being produced by the Finnish brand Iittala, they come in various sizes.
Flow kitchen is a clever idea that belongs to the Oregon based design duo StudioGorm. Inspired by nature, the piece offers a balanced landscape of elements and functions. “Flow is a living kitchen where nature and technology are integrated in a symbiotic relationship, processes flow into one another in a natural cycle, efficiently utilizing energy, waste, water and other natural resources,” – designers say. This compact piece includes a gas cooktop, prep area with the sliding cutting board and a sink, evaporative cooling boxes, ample storage and even a herb garden. I like the fact that the kitchen is developed as a flexible system where resources are reused by several elements creating a dynamic relationship between the products. See more images after the break.
This clever and visually stunning coat rack has been created by Netherlands based Studio Rene Siebum. The piece is constructed of hexagonal blocks and transforms a wall into a wardrobe. Besides the clear storage function, the coat rack can serve as a decorative object. The piece is made from untreated mahogany wood and comes in three sizes.
How neat is this? A shelving unit that doubles as a dining table. This unusual fir-and-iron piece swivels in place to rotate between these two functions. Good idea for storing your dishes and other dining paraphernalia and using them when a dinner party occurs. Available for purchase here.
Portland based company WWI makes these beautiful sheepskin covers designed specifically to compliment your Eames chairs. These warm, stylish and toosh-friendly additions to the iconic pieces are especially nice if you are using an Eames chair while working at the desk. Each sheepskin is cut to the the same shape and size for consistency. The material used for the pieces derived as a bi-product of the meat industry. Both armchair and side chair covers are available. Wishlisted.
Robok Shelf is a slim modular design created by German Studio Komat. Multifunctional and amazingly compact, the piece allows you to use every inch of your wall space, and do that with style. The oak base attaches to the wall, and interchangeable metal hooks and hangers can be slid to create a storage solution you need. The elements can be moved around any way you like, their own weight keeping them in place. You can fit several Roboks next to each other, make them go round corners or hang them one above the other. And no matter which option you choose, the screws are always hidden. The shelf is available in two lengths with four different hook-and-bow configurations.
Micro Compact Home is an example of a student project that went sensationally well. A Munich Tech University professor Richard Horden, who is also chairman of the architectural practice in London, gave an assignment to his students to create a modern nomadic dwelling, suitable for a dorm alternative. After a series of prototypes, they came up with these clever capsules that allow both closeness to nature and privacy. Each micro compact home is fully equipped with the latest technology, so there are no compromises in terms of the quality of living. You get two double beds, sliding table, storage, shower and toilet cubicle, flat screen tv, kitchen with all the latest appliances, plus air conditioning, water heating, fire alarm and smoke detectors. The dwellings are preassembled and shipped worldwide. See more photos after the break.
Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture has created CATable, an unusual desk featuring a series of tunnels for your cat. These openings and tunnels are handmade and follow the ergonomics of a cat. The intention was to allow pet owners to share their workspace with their feline friends. “It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats,” – says the designer. Who knows maybe your cat will be so touched by this thoughtful design that she even stops sitting on your keyboard.
I never would have thought that such a prosaic thing as a broom holder could be so aesthetically pleasing. Pennsilvania based studio Minam created this little storage item to improve on a traditional broom holder idea. The piece is attractive enough to allow storing the broom on the wall for easy access. Available for purchase here.