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MUJI Showcases Inventive Tiny Home Storage Ideas That Multitask Better Than You
By Mikelle Leow, 09 Sep 2021
Images via ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Can’t seem to have enough walking space at home? Sometimes, it’s not you, but the furniture.
Case in point: these clever home storage solutions proposed by MUJI and bachelor industrial design students from the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Switzerland, with guidance from Swiss designer Michel Charlot.
Clip-Hanging Frames with slots for notes and cards, designed by ECAL/Eugénie Perrin. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Now displayed at Milan Design Week, the Compact Life showcase features multifunctional household furniture and accessories perfect for smaller apartments, ensuring that you won’t have to purchase a separate piece of furniture to fulfill just one purpose—and ultimately maximizing what little space you may have at home.
The collection draws from MUJI’s instinct to observe everyday life and discover needs that are often overlooked.
Insect House: a birdfeeder, home for insects, and a storage unit. Designed by ECAL/Jillian Reichlin; image photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
To get in the mind of the homeowner, the students photographed and documented the present state of their own homes, as well as others’ surroundings, to understand how they’d naturally interact with objects. It’s apparently how MUJI conducts its own research.
This culminated into a series of 12 personable, space-saving home items that remain faithful to MUJI’s minimalist look and feel.
Stepladder Basket, designed by ECAL/Victorine Lefebvre. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
They include a charming basket storage system that also serves as a stepladder; a collapsible chair that doubles as a side table; a thoughtfully-proportioned compact bedside table with an adjustable storage compartment; and a flat, crepe paper wall organization pocket that can be sold by the meter.
Folding Chair, designed by ECAL/Alan Schopfer. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Paper Wall Pocket, designed by ECAL/Lucie De Martin. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
A mirrored shelf is imagined as both a whiteboard and a medicine cabinet, while an inventive pole system has holding and hanging compartments for small items and umbrellas.
Preview some of the items and head here to enjoy more.
Bedside Table with adjustable storage shelf, designed by ECAL/Noémie Soriano. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Corner Shelf to maximize small corners as storage spaces, designed by ECAL/Marine Fondin. Image photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Mirror Shelf/Whiteboard, designed by ECAL/Manon Novelli. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Pole Storage System, designed by ECAL/Juri Römmel. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Steel Wire Basket Trolley, designed by ECAL/Théo Blanchard. Images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
[via Yanko Design, images photographed by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta]
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