It’s more of a curio cabinet than a functional piece of storage furniture, at least where space efficiency is concerned, but the ROOM Collection is nevertheless an interesting experiment. Designers Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson collaborated on the piece, called ROOM Collection, which consists of 25 modular parts that can be moved around like children’s blocks.
There doesn’t appear to be any sort of registering component between the parts, as this is a design exercise rather than something intended for production.
Assuming they could solve the stability problem, I could see something like this taking off in the hands of, say, an Ikea, where customers could purchase one or two pieces at a time and gradually build up.
The sheer diversity of overall forms one can generate would appeal to consumers’ individuality, and is a clever way to solve the cookie-cutter conflict in mass production.
Here’s the project in the designers’ own words:
When it comes to furniture, people are used to placing a object within a square space. While it is common to use a square form to arrange an object, Erik and Kyuhyung were interested in diversifying the relationship between object and space to create furniture as rooms for objects. The focus was to explore the mix-and-match quality of the ensemble in our spaces from a graphical approach.
ROOM collection is a furniture system with 25 stackable blocks and a low table with various geometric voids inspired by architecture and the objects they can hold. When all the elements of ROOM are combined it forms either a long shelf or a tall cabinet with a variety of different graphical compositions. ROOM allows each user to pick their favorite elements to build up your own composition as a shelf, a table or just as a sculpture.
Each block was inspired by specific objects, creating various shapes and sizes. The round for wine, zigzag for phones, tablets and laptops, or peaked for an open book. Each block can be a room to invite any object, the composition is unlimited.
ROOM enhances the characteristic of the individual objects and emphasizes the interactions between space and object. ROOM is made in plywood and finished with a matt lacquer.
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