Wood artist Ramon Gibbs shared two of his remarkable furniture designs with us. The two projects below rank high in originality, as well as in practicability. Elegant Possession is a delicately sculpted cabinet built of maple and accented with walnut. The design features five normal drawers (plus a secret one) resting on six small but sturdy feet. Its undulating lines make it interesting to observe in detail.
The Gatekeeper is an intricately detailed four drawer show stopper featuring Sycamore accented with Osage orange. The project features a sculpted hutch with suspended shelves and the grace of three pencil point Queen Ann style legs. Both the items go great in an eclectic setting and don’t be surprised if they will soon turn out to be the highlight of the room. How would you comment on the two furniture items? Which one do you prefer and why? [photos and information provided via e-mail by Ramon Gibbs]
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.
Most people have closets in their homes these days, but sometimes there’s always that need for the stuff that just doesn’t fit or belong in there. Check out this great use of an armoire to hang coats, store outerwear, and even provide a little bench area! Perfect for any entryway or mudroom. If you have a bathroom that fits one, an armoire is a beautiful way to add more storage — especially for towels. Like some of the others on this list, this armoire from Enchanted Home does away with the glass and replaces it with netting instead.