Posts Tagged ‘storage system’

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.

 

Tips for Organizing Your Gear, Play Room, and Craft Closets

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 14th, 2014

Every home has a different need when it comes to storage, making a one-size-fits-all approach to organization ineffective for most homes. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we always work with our customers to find a unique solution to their particular storage problem based on our years of experience. We’ve put together a few tips for organizing a few different closets dedicated to specific types of families and homeowners, from the outdoorsy to the craft-inclined. Whatever your storage situation may be, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a system perfect for keeping your home organized and accessible.

The Gear Closet

Exercise is a must for everyone, and who doesn’t love camping trips and weekend hikes? One of the problems that can arise for these invigorating hobbies is just what to do with all of your camping and sports gear when you’re not able to find the time? We’ve found that having a dedicated gear closet for all of your outdoor equipment can go a long way in keeping your home manageable. An essential item for any gear closet is an over-the-door rack, since balls, bats, and other sports equipment tend to like to move around a lot when placed on a shelf or the floor. Also, look into bins or baskets dedicated to different activities, so that when its time to take the kids to the lake, you’ll know exactly where the tent and camping stove are stored. We’ve also found that a hanging shoe organizer can work great in a gear closet, as it’s perfect for holding mitts, helmets, and hiking boots. Dedicating a closet in your home just for these kinds of activities is sure to make motivating yourself when spring time comes around that much easier.

The Play Room Closet

As any parent is quick to tell you, keeping a play room in order can be a serious headache. A bit of organization can go a long way to keeping things manageable, and a dedicated closet space is the first place to start. The first thing parents should make sure they’re doing is placing those messy items that require supervision (markers that can be used to write on walls, board games with small pieces, etc.) on the top shelf of the closet. If a child can get to a toy they love to play with, they’ll find a way, so it’s important to organize with this in mind. We also recommend getting a label maker for organizing the toy closet, so that when you assign different types of items to different bins or boxes, you’ll be able to find them with ease. We’ve also found that storing books lower, which many people don’t often do, can be encouraging for a child, as they’re more likely to utilize the toys that are within easy reach.

The Craft Closet

Keeping your crafting gear in order can be especially problematic, as a lot of the items can be small and hard to keep track of. One of the best lessons we’ve learned in craft organization is to use ice cube trays to keep your smaller items, such as thimbles, safety pins, and the like, in ice cube trays stored in drawers or boxes. This is sure to keep them easy to find and separated from your other tiny craft needs. Also, like any closet, it’s best to store heavier items, like your sewing machine, at waist level to avoid unnecessarily difficult lifting. Finally, make sure to utilize the back of the door, either with a peg board to hang scissors or current projects on, our a kitchen rack to store paints and glue. It’s always easier to start a project well-organized, so make sure to dedicate a well-kept space to your favorite hobby!

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