I’m a big fan of the Bouroullec brothers’ designs, and this particular one is especially endearing. The little smooth shelves, called Corniches, create beautiful and multifunctional storage. Here is how designers describe their idea: “The same way that we hang our belongings on a rock jutting from a cliff before diving into the sea, we need small, informal storage in everyday life too.” Shaped as individual, isolated protrusions in space, Corniches adapt to your unique taste and purpose. Use them for your keys beside the front door, as a pedestal for a small collection of objects or as a broad wall display, – the choice is yours. And to aid your creative process the manufacturer, Swiss brand Vitra, created an iPhone app that lets you take a picture of your wall and virtually test the location of your chosen shelves. So cool. Corniches are available for purchase here.
Chevron Shelves by Australian designer Henry Wilson is a beautifully simple and adaptable object, perfect for small or frequently changing spaces. The piece is modular, so you can create a configuration specific to your interior and storing needs. It is also flat-packed. Each unit is assembled from four pieces of precision milled birch-ply. The shelves are put together via the slot-in principle without any tools or adhesives. I love the ergonomic tilt, allowing to see contents of the lower shelves at a glance. It’s also pleasing that the shelves are tall enough for big art books and magazines.
Assemblage is a set of 10 modules that fit snugly inside each other, and then slide out so they can be stacked for use as customizable shelving. The piece is held together by twelve metal clamps with a striking red tightener. You can arrange the unit into various configurations, so there is never a dull moment with Assemblage. And if moving or storage is in order – the piece is disassembled and nested, thus turning into a compact and manageable item. The shelving is made of lacquered MDF and comes in black and white. Available for purchase here.
Bikini Island by German designer Werner Aisslinger, created for Italian furniture brand Moroso, is a new approach to a living room couch. Instead of traditional mono-directional sofa, facing the common TV screen, this modular item can be arranged to accommodate different space uses.
Here is how designer describes his idea: “Life in the living room has changed quite a lot recently: families and their kids are ‘chilling’ with different activities: reading, downloading files, writing emails, gaming, chatting with friends, watching movies on a pad, relaxing, talking, thinking, meditating… The easy to arrange bikini-sofa landscape invites to find ones own composition due to space and activities.”
The piece is comprised of various soft volumes of three different heights. Additionally, small storage items, coffee tables, bookshelves, and other accessories can be integrated into the unit. The curtains allow to isolate certain segments and provide privacy – perfect for a single-room layout.
This cool and versatile shelf from Danish design studio Linde&Linde takes very little space while providing a convenient solution for many storage scenarios. The item is perfect for entry area, kitchen, bathroom, home office, even by your bedside… Made from powder coated metal, it can also double as a magnetic board. The variations are endless. The shelf comes in a variety of neutral colors.
I’m a big fan of Note studio designs, and this one is especially delightful. Suburbia is a wall storage, created for Italian brand Seletti. The piece is made to resemble the bird’s-eye view of a town. Each cubby represents a house or a section of a building. Adorable! The piece is made from wood with brass details.
Seating and storage are the things any home needs more of. So Sweden based designers Kyuhyung Cho and Hironori Tsukue obliged and created the Oneness collection, consisting of two chairs and a low table that can be flipped, stacked and turned into a shelving unit. Designers explain their vision: “The multifunctional purpose and extendable system can enrich a variety of spaces from office to home, through its simple, combinable and modern form inspired by the fusion of East Asian and Scandinavian design.” The assembly is easy and intuitive – the structure is fixed by connecting each element with a clip inserted into small holes on the corners of the chair or table. This way you can build your storage as high and wide as you like by adding more chairs and tables. When the chair is turned upside down to make a shelf, it reveals a hidden space on the bottom of the back for books and other small objects. Oneness is made from Finnish natural birch plywood.
Swedish design studio Karl Andersson & Söner created this casual and stylish storage ladder, called Plisado. The piece consists of a wooden frame and canvas slings that can hold anything from papers and magazines to items of clothing, toys, accessories and more. Plisado is one of those ingenious storage solutions that provide extra space while taking none of it by themselves. The fabric comes in red or charcoal; and the frames, made of solid ash, can be finished in clear lacquer or brushed in gray.
Knock Knock is a simple and versatile shelving system by German design company Hoj Studio. The unit is modular and consists of the tree basic components that are attached to each other via braces. From these parts you can create a bookshelf, a kitchen cabinet, a desk with flexible storage, an entryway piece, and more. The combinations are endless. The Knock Knock shelving is made of solid oak and purposely left semi-finished, so you can personalize it further (or not). Check out the video after the break to see the assembly of the piece in action.
This cool folding closet by André Pedrini & Ricardo Freisleben, called Arara Nômade, is a great all-in-one solution for someone who just moved into a new place without any furniture. The piece can be assembled in minutes without the use of screws, glue or heavy tools. The end result looks so attractive – you wouldn’t believe it’s a temporary structure. Arara Nômade can be perfect as a guest closet as well. It comes in a variety of color options.
(via yanko design)