Clever Storage in the Realm of Laminate

Our new favorite blog Moon to Moon has a swell house tour of the lightly renovated 450 square foot apartment of architect Lukáš Kordík of GutGut architects. The major takeaway for us, aside from the pleasingly UNconstructed feel of the space, is Kordík’s use of laminate. First there’s the stylish turquoise kitchen cabinet with oven and storage built in;…

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Good Idea: Bookshelf with a Built-In Ladder

If you are lover a books and a person who stacks them high on shelves, you know of the problem of access. Either you need to pull up step stool or wobbly chair (pain in the neck), or to have one of those stylish sliding book ladders that take up a lot of space both real and visual. We really like the idea of Karen King’s Higher Ground, a tall shelf with a built-in ladder.

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Kartell Componibili Multi-Purpose Storage on Sale

We’re big fans of the versatile Componibili system of modular storage units. Originally designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell in 1969, they have since become a modern classic. Made of ABS, the units come in rounds and squares that can be stacked, stand alone, and put on wheeled bases. They are flexible, functional and stylish. Their simple lines seem to work in just about any interior and just about any room, from bathroom to living.

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Enzo Mari Fireplace Inspiration (A Mantle as Display)

Enzo Mari’s fireplace rolls all sorts of things we love into one: a fireplace, slabs of concrete or stone, shelves and ledges to display still lives —perhaps one of the nicest use of a mantle. Our own yellow mantle acts as a repository of things we love. It’s been getting pretty full lately; a friend suggested placing a smaller mantle inside it.

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Tiny Plywood Studio Morphs into a Gallery via Pegs

We got a lot of ideas taking a little photo tour of the versatile 66-square-foot artist’s studio Anaan Stern and Shany Tal, with its many kinds of clever storage: folding bed, shelving, drawers of all sizes…But what we liked best are the wooden pegs inserted into sliding doors to hold works of art or open books, to make an ever-changeable private gallery.

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how to make low ceilings look higher (optical illusion)

We were thrilled when Remodelista contacted us about using images we’d posted some time ago of an essential design trick we’d used throughout the Laboratory’s renovation: replacing the squat 6’6″ doors with tall, eight-footers. Their strong vertical lines make our lowish 8’2″ ceilings look higher. Check out our images on Remodelista. In the meantime, here are…

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