Throw it in - temporary storage for everyday use

Helena Hedenstedt
15 Jan 2012
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In the urban city of Copenhagen a large number of people share a one or two bedroom apartment. If you live alone, you have a certain degree of control of your daily life. You set and follow rules, routines and habits that – in theory at least – correspond to the way you want to live. And you are in complete control to chose and arrange your surroundings to this end. Complications arise when you live with others and especially in small homes. When multiple residents reside over the same physical space and their idea of a home overlap, some things are at risk of falling between two chairs. A void in which things fall when their importance, relevance or position are understood differently by the residents. Naturally, this phenomenon occurs more frequently when you own many things. You could see routines as a tool for organizing the flow of your belongings in the home. To look beyond traditional methods of storage and adapt the dwellers routines with things might help people who live in small quarters make peace with their home and who they choose to live with.

Clothes seems to be a big reason for irritation in between people living together. You have your clean clothes in a closet or maybe a drawer and your dirty clothes in your laundry bag, but what do you do with the clothes that fall in between these two categories? The pair of jeans you used during the day do not need to be washed, but neither are they clean. Where do you put them? If you look at peoples routines, there is a pattern of laying them around the home, on floors, chairs or other surfaces - creating a mess. A traditional type of storage furniture gives the impression that you have to organize your things, but because you are not in the mood or out of time you lay it other places. The whole problem seems to be that people do not want to organize things that are in use but they do not want to look at the mess either.

The solution is adapted to peoples everyday routines with clothes and gives temporary storage for clothes in movement or often in use. By using bags as storage method the furniture give the impression that you do not have to organize your clothes, rather just “throw them in”. This piece of furniture, in a way, encourages you to keep the mess, which makes it the opposite of traditional storage furniture, encouraging you to fold your clothing. When opened the bags give a lose and messy impression, like gaping mouths waiting to be fed. If you do not want to look at the mess you simply close the bags with magnets to regain the uncluttered stringent look. A bag is a non-rigid container in which you can move your belongings, therefor you can unhook the bags and bring the content with you. The bags come in a vary of neutral colors, to suit different interiors and the fabric is self-cleaning and water resistant. Just pour water on the surface and the drops of water roll of the surface, carrying with them the dust.

The wood construction, for the bags, stands leaning against the wall and the horizontal crossbars shapes hooks on which you can hang clothes you do not wish to crinkle into a bag. The size of the wood construction is practical because it uses the wall area sufficiently and because it is very thin you can place it on spots where other storage furniture would not fit. When you live small it is practical with a piece of furniture that has other dimensions than standard furniture. Thereby you are able to utilize the leftover spaces. Living cramped also means you have different amount of space therefore you can adapt the size of the furniture to your home. The crossbars comes in three different sizes that you can combine to fit the width of the product to your own space and needs. You have the option of hanging bags on some of the crossbars leaving the rest bare for hanging clothes on. The construction is flat-packed making it easy to transport and move.