Sarah Böttger, a Wiesbaden born industrial designer is fascinated by simple and easy things which are thus out of the ordinary. Her most recent design is the multifunctional wardrobe Skale. Comprised of coated metal and measuring 85cm x 155cm, Böttger describes the design: Skale can be what you make of it – a wardrobe, side table, shoe shelf or simply to display your favourite outfit. Its form is based on a collage of one original shape that has been multiplied, scaled and nested into one another. All shapes are connected to each other and thus form a stable structure. The result is a harmonious acting helper for those who like order. Although this design may not be for everyone’s everyday storage, I really enjoy the use of a single shape throughout the design.
In search of a minimal, lightweight yet practical wardrobe, I recently came across German furniture designer Florian Saul‘s elegant clothing rack, Servus (Latin for servant). The wardrobe, with its simple and reduced form, leans against a wall, supported by two small rubber feet. To accommodate small items such as gloves and scarves, there is a removable leather bag attached to the frame. If additional space is required, two frames can be combined. The cross-connection could subsequently provide space for conventional hangers. Although there are many similar concepts available and indeed several have previously been featured on Minimalissimo, Servus, I feel, would serve me well.
Maike Timmermann of German design studio, Design fürs Heim, is a Munich based architect, who handcrafts minimalist products for the home. One such product is this elegantly simple Snake wardrobe. This striking piece of furniture, which could indeed be used in a number of different ways, is made from beech wood balls each measuring 60mm / 40 pcs. Whether hanging clothes, decorations, or leaving it unadorned as a simple style element in the corner of a room, Snake is a thing of crafted beauty and practicality.
Darmstadt based industrial design duo Marcel Kieser and Christof Spath of Kieser Spath have created a simple and intelligent clothing rail concept in Mr. T. The rail consists of two wooden T-shaped strips and a metal rod sitting between them. Featured at this year’s DMY International Design Festival in Berlin, the freestanding Mr. T is available in two different sizes, and when not in use, the item can be disassembled and quite intelligently stored flat even in moderately small closets. Simple and adaptable storage. Perfect for any small space. I pity the fool who disagrees. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
This is Oak, the result of an extracurricular, collaborative student workshop at Lund University School of Industrial Design, Sweden. The goal: to explore archetypes and stereotypes in the world of furniture. The group developed a range of independent pieces, but which are actually impressively coherent. Of course it helps that they’re all made from the same single material, American oak. One of the participaring students, Karl Jönsson, describes how all pieces were stripped down to their origins. From those elements, together with a hint of humor, new pieces have been created, while considering form, usage and interaction with their surroundings. The icing on their cake: Oak was exhibited during the Milan fair 2011.
Bench Rack is a great answer by Vik & Fougere to the lack of closet and storage space in the average apartment. It will make its debut at the IDS Prototype Exhibit in Toronto next week. Bench Rack is made of powder coated steel tube and a single piece of solid elm. Elm gives the product an interesting finish and a warm feeling. Visually, the continuation of the leg into the hanging bar makes the design very clean without anything unnecessary.
South Korean designer Ramei Keum created Axis, a stand hanger made in stainless steel. Interestingly, the side of the frame mimics the shape of the hangers. As a result, it allows you to hang your coat on the frame just as good as on the hangers it supports. How smart! Axis is still a prototype, looking for a manufacturer.
This prototype wardrobe, named YOUTOO, is designed by Berlin based Atelier Haußmann – founded by the brothers Andreas and Rainer Haußmann. Made from powder coated steel YOUTOO seems like a robust and multi functional furniture piece. Time will tell when this prototype will be in production and available in Atelier Haußmanns shop. YOUTOO is nominated for the interior innovation award at IMM Cologne 2010 – starting today until January 24th.
Beat Glässer runs the aptly named Glässer design firm in Zurich, Switzerland. Two pieces in his current design portfolio are truly minimalist: coat rack Zen and desk Lola. Both designs are based on an idea that is as simple as it is brilliant: Glässer recognized that he could reduce the number of legs to two, by leaning the furniture to the wall. The result is of a beautiful elegance. All of Glässer’s designs are manufactured by Mox.