Posts Tagged ‘closet’

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!

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