Next Big Thing: the art of storage and display

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  • Designers are creating storage solutions that are both practical and beautiful


    It’s about storage being a beautiful piece rather than just a practical necessity, from a small wall hook to entire module wall systems. With the need for multi-use spaces and compact living becoming more pressing than ever, why not make a feature out of what can’t be hidden away.

    Pure and simple: stack these individual boxes in a combination that fits your space

    PS 2014 storage modules, £20 each, Ikea

    Storage systems

    Bespoke wall systems that allow you to show or hide your wares, such as Brilliant Project that can be adapted to suit your space and style. The Zutik by French design studio Alki is an adaptable oak beam has storage components that can be reconfigured along a wall with adaptable combinations. Never lose your keys / phone / diary again!

    Zutik, Alki

    Architect Nils Strinnings created his wall systems in 1949, but the design feels totally contemporary. The String shelving system allows for endless combinations to suit various spaces, check out their inspiration boards for enviable arrangements.

    Shelving sytem, String range, Haus

    Alternative wardrobes

    Designers have updated the basic metal rail with colourful, powder-coated designs and smart wooden frames, take a look at Bethan Gray’s Genevieve Hanging Rail, £399, John Lewis, and the Toj Clothes Rack, £232, Normann Copenhagen, for perfect examples. Be sure to put your Sunday best in full view!

    ‘A’ clothes rail in green, £474, &New

    Storage rack, Urban Outfitters

    Cutter mini wardrobe, £235, Skagerak range, Nest

    Shelf envy

    The average floating or pine shelf will no longer do; the
    growing trend for the art of displaying (and instagramming) your wares
    beautifully; has created a whole new market for alternative shelf
    options and creative brackets.

    Fungi shelf, from £37, Menu range, Utility Design

    Wooden shelf with leather strap, from £48, Graham & Green

    Merino wool shelf brackets, £39, Des Res

    Off the peg

    Peg board is back, look out for colourful finishes from Block Designs and simple plain plywood, the storage solutions can be adapted with additional shelf and peg options.

    X-Holes round, from £84, Kukka

    Peg it all wall mounted storage, £115, Kreis Design

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