Every so often, a designer steals the spotlight with a fascinating, unique design. Materials and techniques shape a concept that was at first, captured in someone’s imagination. I bet this splendidly versatile table design started with “I wonder if…”. Michael Bambino‘s Tambour Table was inspired by rolling tambour doors on desks that slide open to reveal the contents – only the designer reinterpreted this useful concept in a modern, high-tech solution for hiding USB connections, a power source and storage space right under the tabletop, in a thin compartment accessed by rotating it to either side. Positioning the table in the middle of the room will display its cascading tabletop while… hiding the cable in one of its legs, while placing it against the wall will not interfere with the tabletop’s movement. An idea would be to lean it against a glass wall, to showcase its design ingenuity in more than one space.
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.
The Componibili Storage Unit was designed in 1968 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. A design classic, it is on show at New York’s MoMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Functional, adaptable and smart, this hard-wearing and versatile unit has many uses around the home. Componibili units are stackable, available in round and square versions, varied sizes and several colors.