We know you architects and designers out there are constantly looking for new ways to simplify your work. Seen on Yanko Design, the Hole Measuring Tape from designer Sunghoon Jung is a 2012 iF Design Talents Award entry and a practical instrument, soon to be implemented. The product allows its user to draw straight lines easier and with precision, while in the same time assessing their length. Unlike most rulers or common measuring tapes, this idea comes with a functional gap, which the user can use to “trap” a pencil and sketch more accurately. The design has more than one measuring systems, which is definitely a useful feature. You should know the item is still in the concept phase, but it will probably be on the market soon. How would you comment on this creative measuring tape upgrade? Is it a must-have instrument in your work?
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.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.