April 26, 2012

This beautiful storage system was designed by Italian studio Joe Velluto for the furniture company Muvom. Called Joe’s Addiction, the modular unit combines many elements into functional and easily customizable configurations. Thanks to the variety of components and the array of different colors and finishes, you can build unique storage, properly fitting your individual space. And if you want to change the look of your item – the parts can be easily moved and rearranged to your liking.

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April 17, 2012

Read vs. unread bookshelf idea is not new, but Australian designer Robert Stadler executed it so beautifully, it made me look. The Origami-like object is made of aluminum composite and folded into a clever W-shaped structure, allowing us to divide the books into two stacks.

Here is how the designer describes it: “‘Transitory bookshelf’ points out a well known dilemma – books are piling up at home because we lack time to read them. This object combines two inclined platforms which help us to handle the situation : the ‘read!’ section reminds us that we should take time to read; the ‘read.’ section’s purpose is to digest books we have recently read before they disappear into the jungle of our main bookshelf.”

The Transitory Bookshelf is shown at the Milan Design Week till April 22nd.

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April 11, 2012

Avid readers – rejoice. The Eli shelf by Tel Aviv based Studio Ve is designed specifically for your active piles. Instead of scattering the books you are currently reading around the apartment or leaving them in heaps near your sofas and chairs – you can neatly store them on this mobile shelf. This temporary housing for your active library can be easily moved, it will save your precious tomes from damage and free some valuable floor space.

Welcome to the Jungle is the name of the furniture collection, designed by Rui Alves, force behind My Own Superstudio. It is comprised of five pieces that can be stacked in many different ways, creating shelving, seating, multilevel console/occasional tables and even coat hangers. I love the colorful fun the line projects. Little columns on the side of each piece really do add animal resemblance, something kinds of all ages will appreciate.

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March 28, 2012

iLean Shelf is an incredible invention of designers Michael Suman and Lynn Smith. It is portable, sturdy (can support up to 100lbs), easy to assemble and unbelievably versatile. It is ideal for home offices, dorms, apartments, bedrooms, bathrooms, decks, it can even be used on a camping trip. And when not in use – iLean folds completely flat. It’s quite a looker too… The shelf is made of maple wood, laminated MDF, and steel support wires. Check out the videos to see how many different things this smart little item can do. Available at the MoMA store.

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March 20, 2012

Kyoto-based studio Miso created this beautiful modular storage piece called XShelf. This system is stackable, flatpacked, and aesthetically pleasing. But best of all – it requires zero tools to assemble. Just interlock the wooden pieces via slots, slide the cubic shapes into groves, and you’re done. Simple, sensible and remarkably customizable… A very good idea for a tiny space.

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March 15, 2012

There is a lot to love about this modular storage system. Mix Boxes by The Utility Collective are modular, eco-friendly and easy to put together. The set includes six boxes of various shapes and sizes that allow you to create many configurations based on your space requirements and storage needs. And what an attractive way to break visual boredom… The pieces are made in the USA without the use of formaldehyde or other harmful substances. The sides of each box interlock, creating a strong adhesive-free bond. And if you want to take your set apart and use segments of it as separate items of furniture, it can be done in minutes.

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March 13, 2012

Some of you might remember the Stacked Shelving, designed by wonderful Julien De Smedt of JDS Architects for Muuto. If you like it as much as I do, you will be happy to know that the Stacked family has expanded with a new wall-mounted Mini Stacked series. Just as beautiful, modular and organic, the pieces can be arranged on your wall in many different combinations (with the same cool clips, holding them together). Here is what designer has to say about the project: “How to be specific and generic altogether? Shelving systems have a tendency to achieve one concern but never both. We decided to dimension shelving units based on the generic measurements of things to store and display while allowing for them to be combined according to specific needs and desires… the result can be at times a random stack of boxes or a coordinated grid of efficient storage… or both!” Mini Stacked is envisioned for things you want to store and display at the same time, a “modest shelving to show your great things…”

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February 28, 2012

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of slot-in pieces of furniture. I featured them before and always look forward to finding new ones. This particular item, called Smartsquare and created by Milan based designer Pietro Russomanno, is a beautiful multifunctional piece, allowing for many exciting configurations. Made of bent plywood, each square module can be easily connected through slots in its side, which makes the system a child’s play to assemble. Different hues are available, so you can play with color combinations, as well as shapes.

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February 23, 2012

This elegant, glue- and tool-free storage system made me look. Tokio born and Danmark based designer Yukari Hotta created these simple shelves, called Kile, that can be assembled without any tools or toxic adhesives. Just interlock the components and secure them with wooden wedges. Made from an eco labeled wood board material, the piece is sleek and minimalist. A variety of soft colors allows you to play with different combinations while customizing the unit. And because the furniture can be disassembled in seconds, it can be easily stored. All components are shipped flat, which adds to the eco-friendly pedigree of the product.

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