Quit those endless hunts and house your prized possessions in these catchy storage units that you just can’t miss. From keys and bills to a treasured collection of books, these options will have you covered.
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Just like certain movies and books, there are some pieces of furniture that always make it to the list of all-time favourites. The Infinity Bookshelf by architect Antonio Citterio for Italian furniture company Flexform is an ideal example, and it rings in its 10th year this year.
Perfect for the home office, living area or even corporate offices, the shelf is a system of modular metal and leather hide containers that keeps clutter easy on the eye. While this shelf-cum-storage option lets you stack up your books, the containers available in different sizes and colours provide the additional option of hiding and categorising stationery, CDs and files.
What’s unique is that no two arrangements are the same, making it for a trendy and versatile addition that meets high design standards. Website: www.flexform.it
In the old days, when the only mode of long distance travel was the ship, people carried their precious possessions in sturdy chests that would endure the harshest conditions. As time passed, travel also advanced, so did the way we pack. Our luggage became compact and lightweight and there was no use of solid and heavy trunks anymore.
Founded by brothers Priyank and Paritosh Mehta with French designer Livio Delesgues, Trunks Company, Jaipur upholds the legacy of trunks. Revisiting the purpose of this archaic artefact, they gave it a new lease of life in several avatars. A Bar Trunk to cherish your priced malts, Poker Trunk to entertain guests and a Music Trunk complete with an iPod dock and woofers to churn out your favourite tunes.
Customised to every need – they have one to treasure watches, another to store bags and shoes, another for just turbans! – they come in all shapes and sizes. “Trunks are challenging. It takes 600 hours to make a medium sized trunk and sometimes more than 1,000 hours on a particular piece. It’s like art,” says Paritosh.
Made from the finest leather, the statement pieces invoke the rich cultural heritage of the Pink City. Each one is lined in vividly hued suede. “What really represents the essence of Jaipur is the colour, the brightness the fact that people are not scared to wear bright pink or red or yellow. Our logo, the lock we use, is also inspired by the jali work seen in palaces,” adds Livio. The only such company in India, they guarantee to give you a piece that you will treasure for generations.
Those who like to treasure their single malts and crystalware like a true connoisseur will definitely gravitate towards these bar units that are equally refined and functional.
Pick a sturdy option in subtle shades to match a contemporary setting or select a pop art inspired piece to set up a personal station that’s entertaining and enticing.
French designer Emilie Mazeau-Langlais takes classic furniture designs and gives them a modern twist. Instead of opting for opulent fabrics and gold leaf detailing, she prefers a simpler and readily available medium to craft her pieces – cardboard. Through the processes of bending cutting and liquidisng, she creates a veritable range of cabinets, seaters, bookcases, tables and even lamps. These recycled vintage decor accessories are not only eco-friendly, but also come at pocket happy prices! We love!
If only looking for keys, your kids’ toys or misplaced laundry was as fun as playing treasure hunt. What is definitely easier though is stashing all of this and more in these spacious, funky chests. Whether it’s coated in metal, leather or bright hued fabrics, these storage boxes will help you clear unnecessary clutter and can even serve you as a side table.
Bar accessories, previous glassware and even your special occasion crockery deserve pride of place. Try a cabinet that serves its purpose of storing these safely, while it also becomes a point of focus in any space because of its unique design. Take your pick: Sturdy wood units with ornate legs or gemstone hued cupboards with intricate patterns on the surface.
Like other pieces of furniture especially tables and seaters, storage systems too have gone beyond purpose and have become a great canvas for designers to experiment on. Take these fine examples from this year’s Salone del Mobile. 1. Driade Back in 1996, German designer Konstantic Grcic imagined the original Zig Zag bookcase, but 20 years and a new Art Director (David Chipperfield) later, he revisited it, with a modified aesthetic and material (oak and American walnut). Website: www.driade.com2. Giorgetti Capable of swiveling and fitted with LED lighting on the lower base, the Town cabinet was envisioned by Carlo Colombo and is made of walnut Canaletto wood. It combines functionality with aesthetics that is perfect for skyline living. Website: www.giorgetti.eu3. Riva With solid wood planks glued together and arranged vertically, the Rialto Modulo 4 is a Briccole wood sideboard with drawers and doors. Designed for Italian label Riva, it is offered in various types of timber. Website: www.riva1920.it
There’s always space for more books. Line up and arrange your amassing collection on these tall and strong shelves. To set up a warm reading sanctuary, have any of these against a bare wall or a corner of your home and place a rocking chair or daybed of your choice under a shaggy rug, right beside it.