London-based designer Benjamin Hubert created Foundation, a shelving system inspired by brutalist architecture. The brutalist architecture style flourished from 1950s until 1975 and spawned from the modernist architectural movement. Just like the characteristic of this style, Foundation has striking repetitive angular geometries. You can also see the influence in the contrast between the industrial materials like the Valchromat shelves (organic coloured wood fibre panels derived from forest waste), the steel metal boxes, and the soft and smooth leather tabs on those boxes.
Prompted by our recent post on single-drawer Less Stuff, Belgian industrial designer Pieterjan Deblauwe sent in this prototype he made a fw years back. If you’re a bit like me, your first response will probably something like ’Okay, a shelf, yeah, so?‘ In that case I suggest that you read the next line and then quickly click on through to the rest of the images. What you are looking at here is Shellf: a bedside table to hide your little secrets. The designer says this: Objects take volumes out of the space which surrounds you. Here the idea is to use the space which is taken by the object. Pretty smart!