At our site we have a soft spot for multi-functional design and this simple, yet catchy product won our attention. A key holder that can also open bottles of beer, the KeyFlip by Jon Lota is a fun alternative to a key-chain and a more manly one as well. At the end of the post, you can have a look at how the project works, even though it is not so difficult to figure it out beforehand.
The designer explained the process on Kickstarter: “I have a small mill that I converted to a CNC that I have been making prototypes on. I originally made the KeyFlip out of MDF wood to test the concept. I then made it out of aluminum which made the KeyFlip strong, sturdy, and fashionable. It allows for 4 house/work keys to be flipped out at any time. I also used a small bushing to go inside the housing so the keys are not loose and slide out on their own. If you give a light push on the indented corner, the keys will rotate out”. Find it interesting?
Let’s get started with some styling inspiration from Urban Outfitters, a brand that offers an interesting array of wall-mounted shelving options. Many of them celebrate the best of geo style. Below we see a trio of shelving solutions, including the Bryn Mountain Display Shelf, pictured at the top right of the photo. Note how each of these shelves holds “like items,“ such as rocks, jewelry and other natural wonders. The styling of this Geo Triangle Shelf proves there’s power in empty space. You may be tempted to fill every square inch of your decorative shelving, but remember that sometimes less is more.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.