Bottleship Mark 2 is a midcentury classic by renown Ernest Race and a reminder that well-designed things don’t age. A witty little hybrid between a mini-bar and a magazine rack has all the potential to be a shoebox hit. It is compact, multifunctional, and packs lots of character. Available for purchase here.
L Shelf is a clever modular storage component, created by designer Aurélien Veyrat of Objet Optimisé. These L-shaped units (hence the name) can be easily connected together to form shelving systems of various size. Here is how designer describes this product: “L is to storage what stone is to building: the original element, the basis of creation and the expression of modularity. Whatever your needs, L is the comma that punctuates space without limitation.” Lovely. See more photos after the break.
Berlin based studio Ambivalenz created Fläpps leaning shelf, which to me is an example of simplicity and function combined. The shelf is easy to put together, it folds flat against the wall when not in use, and it can withstand quite a lot of things in its business mode. A design any shoebox dweller can definitely appreciate! Thanks to its clean lines, Fläpps can blend with any interior and benefit any room that need extra storage. The piece is made from birch plywood with metal hardware.
Dynks is a modular shelving system by Polish brand Tabanda. The beauty of this product is in its multifunctionality and ease of assembly. You can build an attractive bookcase, no matter how big or small, in minutes with these blocks. I also love that you can vary the shelf width, which is great for a large variety of books and media. Available for purchase here.
The Nesting Shelf by Nendo is one of those “why haven’t I thought of it” objects. Simple and adaptable, it can benefit any small space. The construction of the piece is based on an ultra-thin horizontal section (just 4.8 mm) that slides inside the outer shelving. When expanded to its fullest the shelf doubles in size. Neat.
Simply called Library, this happy modular shelving system by Penghao Shan has a lot to offer to a limited space. The design is based on a simple principle: a leaning construction gets more stable as you put more wight on it. A wooden frame is the base of the shelving unit. You can use your freedom of expression to attach containers, a desk component, or shelves. Infinitely adjustable, Library can also be quickly disassembled and stored flat.
I am not the sort of person who can pass by versatile storage design. Aitio storage boxes, by Finnish brand iittala, definitely caught my attention. Sturdy and beautiful, the pieces are made from powder coated steel and work equally well in any room. Aitio boxes come in a variety or shapes and colors. Available for purchase here.
This sculptural and visually appealing shelf, called Små Ting, was designed specifically for the little items that seem to always clutter our spaces, especially in tiny dwellings. Designer Johanna Paulsson describes her idea this way: “Our need for storage is personal and constantly changing. Today we often live in small spaces, have many things AND live a hectic life. My desire is to ease the temporary storage of small things that occurs in everyday life.” I love the versatility of the shelf, it can find its place in any area of your apartment. It can also be fitted with a mirror or hooks, but I quite like the look of it without any additions. Just a piece of wood, rolled to hold things. Simple, functional, and aesthetically beautiful.
The 360 shelf, created by Slovenian designer Luka Pirnat, is probably the most unusual storage concept I’ve seen. Minimalist and unobtrusive, the piece rotates (hence the name) to fit your storage need or preference. “360 shelf is made to fit, – designer says. – It has an enviable span that ranges from a chic shelf for books and zines, handy landing for tech, to space for simple stashing or displaying of all your favourite things under any angle.” I like the idea of having a compact, easily mountable parking spot for the things you need close to your daily trajectories. I can see myself using this shelf in the kitchen (for just one or two most prominent cookbooks), by the bedside (for my Kindle and notebooks), and near my desk (for important papers I need to deal with urgently). The project is currently in a funding stage. I hope it becomes a reality soon. Watch the video after the break to see it in action.
Loopholes by Belgian studio Atelier Belge is a fine example of modular storage. Comprised of a steel grid and multiple storage add-ons, Loopholes can serve organizing needs practically in any area of a home. The hooks, containers, and shelves can be mixed and rearranged. There is no limit to what this system can do. You can use it in the kitchen, home office, entryway, bathroom; you can even turn it into a hanging garden wall. The grid comes in black and white powder-coated steel, the shelving components are made from natural wood, the hooks and trays are made of powder-coated steel. Available for purchase here.