Silent Servant is a simple and clever idea of using a chair back as storage unit. The concept belongs to Antik Kombo, a creative studio in Göttingen, Germany. When seeing this product for the fist time, I had a bit of difficulty understanding how it manages to stand on its own with only two feet. But seeing more photos revealed that its support is in fact provided by the shoe box below. The idea was taken further and a small wooden board was also applied to the chair back, in order to serve as a small shelf for various objects. Keep it in on a hallway, next to a larger dresser and it will stay true to its name. The silent servant will help you store shoes, small objects and clothes. So before throwing out old chairs, it wouldn’t hurt rethinking the situation and improvise in order to make some fun use of them. How do you find this unusual design?
The best modular shelving systems will encourage individual expression and personal style. An investment in both design and practicality, they are something that we choose to live with (design is arguably always a choice). Famed industrial designer Dieter Rams once remarked: “I am convinced that a well-thought-out design is decisive to the quality of a product. A poorly-designed product is not only uglier than a well-designed one but it is of less value and use. Worst of all it might be intrusive.” This quote, from a speech on ‘Design by Vitsœ’ presented by Rams in New York, 1976, remains pertinent today.
Handmade, elegant and solid, the Dixon Modular Storage Unit from Dare Studio is a beautiful example of well-made British design. Designed by Patrick Frey for Richard Lampert, the sleek, modest and rather demure Stak Trolley system is suited to home and office environments. German-Based Richard Lampert follows the motto: ‘as little as possible, as much as necessary’.