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World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By Closet & Storage Concepts - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

A Look into the Home of the Future

By Closet & Storage Concepts - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

Back To School Blues

By jasonberlin - September 30th, 2013

custom bench systemAs of September 22nd fall is officially upon us.  The weather has cooled, your décor has changed, and the kids are all settled into the new school year.  Unfortunately, with the changing of the season and the turning of the leaves comes the clutter associated with your children returning to school.  I bet you are picturing a corner of your home piled high with backpacks and binders at this very moment.  It’s time to reclaim that space with a custom system from Closet and Storage Concepts.  A simple bench system placed in an entryway or mudroom is just the thing to tame that mess by storing shoes, jackets and those bulky backpacks.  Ready to get started?  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

Spring Into Organization

By jasonberlin - April 17th, 2013

Spring is here and there is no time like the present to get organized.  Spring cleaning can be a daunting task so we have compiled a few of our favorite tips to get you started and keep you moving in the right direction.

Don’t Rush.  There is no rule that says you have to finish everything in a day!

Start Small.  More than likely your home isn’t really dirty it’s just a little bit cluttered.  Start off by going room to room and focusing on getting everything off of the floors, coffee table and end tables that doesn’t belong there.

Purge.  Don’t be afraid to get rid of things.  If you can’t remember the last time you used it then you probably don’t need it.  If what you are getting rid of is in good condition consider donating it as opposed to throwing it away.

So Good To Be Green.  In most cases, harsh chemicals aren’t required to get the job done.  Whether you’re washing windows or cleaning floors there are plenty of tough yet earth friendly products available.

Change Your Filters.  Now that the heater is off and the windows are open there is no better time to replace or clean out your air filter.  While you are at it, clean out your dryer vent or hire a professional to come in and do it for you.

Don’t Forget the Garage.  The garage is by far one of the toughest spaces to organize.  It’s not that you can’t it’s just that you don’t have the means to do so.  With adjustable shelving and some customized slat wall we can provide you with the tools to organize your garage once and for all.  Contact us today for your free in home estimate!

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New Contemporary Shoe Fences

By jasonberlin - April 3rd, 2013

We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary shoe fences to our ever expanding catalog. These new shoe fences are attractive, durable and are custom cut to accommodate any size shelving section. Not only are they the perfect upgrade for any closet, but they also work nicely in pantries and other Closet & Storage Concepts custom organizing systems.

Contemporary Shoe Fences

New Contemporary Accessory Hooks

By jasonberlin - March 20th, 2013

We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary accessories to our catalog. These new hooks are attractive, durable and suitable for hanging a variety of items such as garments, hats, belts, ties and handled items such as mops and brooms. These versatile new accessories can be mounted to either a wall or a Closet & Storage Concepts system and are available in matt nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished brass finishes.

Contemporary Hooks

Make a Resolution to Get Organized!

By jasonberlin - December 21st, 2012

This year make a resolution to Get Organized and keep it with the help of Closet & Storage Concepts.  Our durable, adjustable and fully custom systems are the perfect organizing solution for any area of the house be it a closet, pantry, home office, entertainment center or garage.  Unfortunately, a functional storage system is only half the battle.  These quick tips will help you to organize a few key areas of the home.

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    • Try to purge your closet of unused clothing once a year.  Have trouble keeping track of what you do and do not wear?  When hanging your clothes after washing them put the hanger on the pole backwards.  After a season you will be able to quickly see what you did and did not wear.
    • If the clothing is in good shape donate it to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with the VVA “Vietnam Veterans of America”.
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    • Now is a great time to go through your pantry to get rid of expired goods and take inventory of what dried and canned goods you have for the winter.   When re-stocking be sure to keep items close to their expiration date towards the front of the pantry.
    • Bulky items should be stored on the ground or on lower shelves for safety and to keep them out of your way.
    • Small, gourmet, impulse buy foods tend to be among the first things forgotten and expire as a result.  Keep these at eye level so you don’t forget about them.

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

Stop “Toying” Around and Get Organized!

By jasonberlin - November 30th, 2012

Playroom Storage UnitThe holidays are a time where space is truly at a premium and organization is key.  For anyone out there with children you know exactly what that playroom will look like come the end of the holiday season.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an adjustable, durable yet attractive playroom storage system designed specifically for your unique needs?  Well our Closet & Storage Concepts design professionals are prepared to help with a few tips to get you started:

  • Adjustable shelving is key.  These shelves can be moved up and down to accommodate bulky items.
  • Smaller items can be stored away in a container and placed on the shelves as well.
  • Sliding baskets with removable/ washable canvas bags are great for small toys and art supplies.
  • Rounded corners should be used on lower bench areas to create a “child friendly” experience.

 

 

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

Hassle Free Ironing At Your Fingertips

By jasonberlin - October 31st, 2012

For those who need to get the most out of their walk in closet a built in ironing board could be just what you are looking for.  Our pullout ironing boards come in two attractive styles allowing them to be mounted either behind a drawer front or on the side of a Closet & Storage Concepts storage system.  Both models are ideal for quick touch ups as they eliminate the hassle of setting up and breaking down your ironing board on a daily basis.  Contact us today to schedule a free in home estimate.

Now is the Perfect Time to Break-Up… with 80% of the Clothes in Your Closet

By iqnection - September 13th, 2012

The Number One closet organizational tip on our Closet & Storage Concepts website reads as much like a primer for living as it does as it does a briefing on proper closet organization: Decide what is truly important to you and make sure your *fill in the blank (i.e. closet, life, friends, hobby, job) provides the solution.

In closets, as in life, less is more.

The changing of the season from “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” to “September Song” is the perfect time to assess what you truly love and need, and letting go of the rest. It’s this Closet Organizing System Closet Design“rest” that trips up most people, accounting for the majority of our closet-stuffing clutter. According to the Pareto Principle (often referred to as the 80-20 rule or the “law of the vital few”), approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In closet-speak this means that, on average, only 20% of our wardrobe is in active rotation. The other 80% is consistently overlooked, purposely unselected or too far away in the recesses of the closet to be bothered with.

Like any break-up, emotions can circumvent logic and de-rail the best intentions. The following are a few suggestions to help make your swan song encounter just a little less anxiety provoking:

  1. Resolve that the dissolution of the clothing /clothing-wearer relationship is in the best interest of both parties. The 80% that is being ignored by you can be donated to others who need them more than you and will give the clothes the love and attention that has been denied.
  2. Acknowledge that a portion of that 80% were gold-diggers and free-loaders to begin with. Many pieces stuffing our closets are as the result of impulse or someday-promise purchases (“Someday I’ll fit into this. Promise”). These pieces didn’t make your 20% because they were a poor choice from the start. Hanging on doesn’t transform a bad decision into a better decision. Cut your losses and let them go.
  3. Recognize that you’ve outgrown the 80%. What may have been a good match at some point became less satisfying as your needs and style changed. It’s nothing personal. Keep only that which fits, flatters and is current. Just because it was your favorite sweater when you wore it to the premier of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon doesn’t give it a free pass to occupy your closet rent-free for eternity.
  4.  Be honest when deciding if fixing an item is worth the time or investment. Sure, once you’ve found just the right outfit, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Quality is expensive, but so is repairing clothing and shoes that are tattered or worn. But are you REALLY going to take the suit to be tailored or the shoes to be re-heeled? Really? And if you did arrange for the repair or tailoring, will the suit or shoes be in style long enough to warrant the additional financial and time investment. Some relationships are not ultimately worth the investment in time and energy (not to mention cost) it will require to repair it.

Contact your (closet and storage) relationship consultants at Closet and Storage Conceptsto discuss your unique closet organization problems, and help you work though the toughest clothing break-up scenarios. We are expert in helping you prioritize your belongings and can custom design an closet organizing system that addresses your needs. Let us help you fall in love again… with your closets.  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

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