This versatile little shelf has been created by young designers Tadej Podakar and Luka Fabjan, together – studio TRIpike. The piece consists of adjustable wooden elements that provide slots for books, artwork, clothes and various small items. Thanks to its artistically cut edges, the shelf looks good even when completely empty. A great hybrid of storage and wall decoration.
I love all things modular, especially when they are cleverly layered to provide more storage. For example, this system by Stockholm based design duo Färg & Blanche. Aptly called Pocket Cupboard, this line of wooden storage boxes features leather pockets that allow additional space for papers, magazines and so forth. The pockets are sewn directly into the wood, the technique designers call ‘wood tailoring.’ Not only the pockets fight paper clutter, they create an original pattern when the cupboard is put together.
I’m very impressed with this peg and rack system by Swiss designer Christoph Goechnahts. Modular and unobtrusive, it allows you to hang things around the walls all over your apartment. The rails have notches at regular intervals, into which wedge-shaped pegs are inserted. The pegs can accommodate coats, bags, umbrellas or any other items that usually clutter your space. You can even put a bookshelf on top of those pegs, and who doesn’t need another bookshelf… The piece has already scored first place at the 2014 [D3] contest for young designers. It’s easy to see why.
With this piece you can really let your artistic flag fly. Created by Munich based designer Natascha Harra-Frischkorn, the Chuck shelf is an attempt to introduce freedom and individuality to storage. The shelf consists of six planks of wood that are lifted individually in order to display your favorite items. Aside from being cool and sculpturesque, the item is practical too. You can accommodate books and things of various height easily and achieve the capacity you need. Watch the video after the break to see the piece in action. The Chuck shelf is now on sale here.
If you like to read at the dinner table (I do!) – you will love this little stool from Montreal based designer Loïc Bard. Slick and minimal, the piece features a discreet storage compartment, suitable for a mag, a newspaper or various kindles and pads. Lovely. Made from maple. Available for purchase through designer’s website.
London based designer James Tattersall creates simple and elegant designs, one of which I’ve featured in this blog. His other creation, Hook Shelf, is a clever way to add storage to the entryway without adding the clutter. The piece is a combination of a bookshelf, clothing hooks and a drawer. The elements coexist harmoniously in this beautifully crafted object. The shelf is only 27” wide, which makes it a great contender for a small apartment.
This modular storage system from German design duo StudioMok rethinks the traditional stationary shelving idea. The boxes are held together with strong magnets, allowing you to create multiple configurations in a snap. The collection is comprised of simple rectangular components that can be put together to fit your needs or space requirements. The same magnets that hold the shelves in place can be applied to secure various accessories – bookends, lighting fixtures etc. Easily rearranged, the shelving system adapts beautifully to life changes and can be taken apart for moving and storage.
This upcoming furniture collection holds a lot of promise for an urban dweller. Envisioned by studio New York Functional Furniture (NYFU), the line consists of transformable, compact pieces, ideal for cramped city living. Each item is designed with the dual (sometimes triple and quadruple) purpose. I especially love the storage infused desk and imaginative transformable seating. Watch the video after the break to see these pieces in action.
This multifunctional shelf, aptly called Nomad, has been created by studio VE2 for the Danish furniture brand Skagerak. Elegant and understated, Nomad can be used in any room. You can easily move it around and change its function with supplementary shelves and hooks. The piece has won the The Formland Design Award in 2012. Available for purchase here.
Lean Man table series were created by UK based studio & Then Design. It is the combination of a table and a bookshelf that really made me look. Made out of ash and spray lacquered MDF, the Leaning Man range uses the wall to hold themselves in position. And, as it is typical for any leaning constructions, the more weight you put onto them – the more stable they become. The pieces are produced in seven vibrant colors. Available for purchase here (or, if you’re in the US – here).