Three exciting new design concepts by young European designers have been chosen from a raft of entries in a global design competition hosted by Bruynzeel Storage Systems, to create the office storage system of the future. The winning entries – two Dutch and one Moroccan – caught the imagination of renowned Danish industrial designer Timothy Jacob Jensen, head of the judging panel, who praised the genius office storage ideas for their combination of “visionary thinking” and practical attention to detail.
The Cubik’s Box by A-h – Design Winner
Inspired by the Rubik’s Cube, the Cubik’s Box is sculptural piece comprised of eight identical sections that ‘explode’ out from a central point, to reveal storage compartments inside. Each section runs on its own rail, with the corner units travelling outwards at 45 degrees. The units can be moved individually or in groups, to create an ever-changing pattern of access, which works both aesthetically and practically.
The judges were impressed by the simplicity and “singularity” of the concept, created by French designer Ahmed Hatab. Cubik’s Box operates as both a sculptural object in an open-plan office, and as a practical system for storage: “We see great potential in the closed-off box, at first impenetrable and safe, when magically opened, suddenly inviting”.
Cloud Cabinet by Mark Halbjeijer, APTO – Functionality Winner
How often have you looked up at the poor quality ceiling tiles in your office and thought: is that really the best use of that space? Introducing the Cloud Cabinet, the brainchild of Amsterdam-based designer Mark Halbjeijer of APTO, a genius idea to exploit one of the most overlooked areas in any workplace. Cloud Cabinet is a series of lockers, housed on mobile runners in the workspace’s suspended ceiling. The lockers are operated using a mobile phone app that drives a small motor to draw the chosen lockers down into a vertical ‘wall’ to a height where the locker’s contents can be accessed. A “perfect example of visionary thinking that results in a functional solution”, Halbjeijer’s design was chosen for its advanced approach to on-demand storage. Judges were particularly impressed by the design’s attention to detail, including integrated light and air ventilation systems.
WorkScape by Max Rijken – Design Winner 2
This multi-functional office wall by Max Rijken from the Industrial Design and Engineering School at TU Delft made the grade as joint Design Winner for its organic aesthetic and interactive social applications. Taking its visual cues from natural forms, the WorkScape forms a rock-like wall that separates laterally along jagged lines to reveal storage units, a coffee corner or a semi-private nook for tete-a-tete meetings within an open-plan office space. The judges were attracted to WorkScape’s unusual good looks, both open and closed, creating naturalistic shapes and silhouettes for a workplace environment where geometric figures and design often dominate. All three genius office storage ideas will be considered for future manufacture by Bruynzeel Storage Systems. The winning entrants will travel to China later this year to develop their ideas further at the invitation of Jacob Jensen Design’s studio in Shanghai.