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Storage & Shelving
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The storage and shelving products featured this month are not merely utilitarian pieces that contain belongings or files. Many serve double duty as sculptural wall pieces or freestanding screens that help divide or define a room. Flexibility remains key for changing work and lifestyles. óRita F. Catinella

 
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The 606 shelf system doubles as a screen at the offices of Countrywide Porter Novelli in London.

Iconic shelving system available throughout North America
Described by New York’s influential retailer Murray Moss as “one of the great icons of 20th-century rational design,” the 606 Universal Shelving System has been produced by Vitsoe continuously since 1960, the year it was designed by German industrial designer Dieter Rams. Last October, Moss expanded the distribution of the system to all of North America through Moss dna, a division of his retail store in New York City.

Since 1995, both Vitsoe and its manufacturing have been based entirely in Britain. There are four “structure” types for the 606 system, which depend on the type of wall, floor, and ceiling; what will be stored or displayed; and the desired look of the system. Shelves, cabinets, and tables can then be repositioned or added onto the appropriate structure without tools by simply slipping the aluminum pins out of the system’s E-Tracks. Lengths are possible in 26'' and 351¼2'', and depths in 61¼4'', 81¼2'', 113¼4'', and 141¼4''. The system does not need to be used against a wall, but can be compressed between the ceiling and the floor.

At last year’s 100% Design show in London, Vitsoe displayed an original Audio 1 gramophone and loudspeaker designed in 1962 by Rams—who intended the smaller bay width of Vitsoe’s 606 Universal Shelving System to match the width of Audio 1. Vitsoe also supported 100% Design’s press office by supplying shelves to display the press packs. Moss dna, New York City. www.mossonline.com   [ Reader Service # 216 ]

 

 

Flexible pole system creates shelving, and rooms, without walls
Dave and Julie Scheu, the husband-and-wife partners in the St. Louis–based furniture design firm UrbanWorkshop, applied their architectural training to devise rooms-on-poles that can define a loft or other open space by simply wedging between the ceiling and floor. PogoHome rooms are constructed of maple, cherry, white oak, or walnut, with steel fittings. Made to order in heights up to 14', the poles adjust 5'' up or down from the specified height. The handcrafted steel parts are given a black-oxide finish, and the white rubber tip recalls the bottom end of a pogo stick. The three original pogoHome rooms (pogoCloset, pogoLibrary, and pogoGarden) consist of stacking wood components that interlock with the arms to form sturdy poles to support belongings. The three newest rooms (pogoGallery, pogoLounge, and pogoDen) use expanding inserts and a series of holes to allow for more design freedom. UrbanWorkshop, St. Louis. www.urbanworkshop.us [ Reader Service # 217 ]

 

 
Origami-inspired shelving
The Bias Shelf system is constructed of a single piece of high-grade sheet aluminum that is folded to provide shelf space and aesthetic flare. Each wall-mounted modular shelf is powder coated for durability and is available in nine colors, allowing for countless design configurations. Nüf Design, New York City. [ Reader Service # 218a ]

 
Make space for stuff
The Crux system (left), from the Brooklyn design team/manufacturer hivemindesign, is a walnut-veneered storage unit that encases a series of slotted aluminum components. The interchangeable components accommodate clothing storage with a hanging rack, as well as book storage with built-in bookends. The firm also offers a low wooden case for LP and electronics storage called the Crux credenza. This unit is veneered in walnut and encases slotted aluminum components and gray glass sliding doors. hivemindesign, Brooklyn, N.Y. www.hivemindesign.com [ Reader Service # 219 ]

 

 

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