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Top 10 Modern Storage Solutions

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From modular to portable styles, these stand-out modern storage designs will help contain clutter while adding style to any space.

Eames Storage Units

Eames® Storage Units, 4-Units High from Herman Miller | YLiving
Eames® Storage Units, 4-Units High from Herman Miller

Design by Charles and Ray Eames, 1950. By Herman Miller. The Eames® Storage Units are true to the inventive originals introduced in 1950. Designed for both storage and display, each cabinet is a striking example of how Charles and Ray Eames extended the boundaries of design to create a new modern aesthetic for the office and home. Combinations of shelves, drawers, and enclosed storage are suitable for books, binders and other home or office essentials. These storage shelves and cabinets are offered in two frame finishes: Zinc Plated or Black; with two surface color schemes: neutral or bright. As durable as they are useful, Eames Storage Units feature uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels made of zinc-coated steel, providing a strong structure and surface. Modular storage ahead of its time, the Eames Storage Units remain relevant and utilitarian elements that are as popular as ever today.

Kast Modular Storage

Kast Modular Storage from Vitra | YLiving
Kast Modular Storage from Vitra

Design by Maarten Van Severen, 2005. By Vitra. A key theme in the oeuvre of Maarten Van Severen is storage furniture, be it shelves, cupboards or sideboards. The design for Kast, which Van Severen worked on during the last few months of his life, can be considered the quintessence of his exploration of the subject.

Kast is a shelf that is modular in structure, the base version of which is a sideboard. Another basic module can be added for the medium height version, while for the highest version two simple wooden crates are added. Van Severen paid special attention to the color of the sliding doors, which not only serve to emphasise Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also gives it an optimistic character.

Componibili Round, Stand-Alone 3-Unit

Componibili Round, Stand-Alone 3-Unit from Kartell | YLiving
Componibili Round, Stand-Alone 3-Unit from Kartell

Design by Anna Castelli Ferrieri. Made in Italy by Kartell. Componibili stand alone units are convenient and portable storage units for organizing household clutter in modern style. Made of ABS, the system is suited for any room of the home, from bathrooms to kids’ rooms, and includes sliding doors that easily conceal its contents.

Flexible, functional and practical, Componibili sliding-door storage cabinets have been in production for more than thirty years and are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Cow Sending Animals Wooden Furniture

Cow Sending Animals Wooden Furniture from Seletti | YLiving
Cow Sending Animals Wooden Furniture from Seletti

Design by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. By Seletti. A surprise from a far off land, promised by the arrival of a shipping crate, takes on an unexpected shape with the Cow Sending Animals Wooden Furniture. This cow-shaped cabinet offers all the aesthetics of a traditional shipping container from the natural wood panels to the wood board frame. It even includes warning labels for “fragile”, “glass” and “this way up”. The cow’s back is flat, allowing it to function as a buffet or credenza. Open the 3 storage compartment doors to find a natural colored interior and storage shelves that are ideal for extra serving dishes. The center door offers a dropdown table or work surface for prepping light items and even the legs offer additional storage space. The Cow Sending Animals is a fun and quirky focal piece for modern living and dining rooms.

LAXseries Storage Bench

LAXseries Storage Bench from MASHstudios | YLiving
LAXseries Storage Bench from MASHstudios

Style and function are seamlessly merged with the LAXseries Storage Bench from MASHstudios. The Storage Bench provides ample storage and allows for efficient use of space in modern living rooms, offices, or entryways. Contributing to its sleek appeal are the solid English walnut construction and charcoal gray sliding felt seat. The white double stitch seals the edge of the sliding felt seat which reveals the storage box below. The bench is finished with natural oil, reflecting MASHstudio’s commitment to sustainability and producing furniture built to last a lifetime.

AERO LPC-200 LP Storage Cabinet

AERO LPC-200 LP Storage Cabinet from Symbol Audio | YLiving
AERO LPC-200 LP Storage Cabinet from Symbol Audio

Design by Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond. Bench-made in West Virginia by Symbol Audio. For the collector who is as serious about their music as they are their furniture, the AERO LPC-200 LP Storage Cabinet offers an innovative and stylish place to store LP records. This integrated audio and media storage system features two “hopper” style storage compartments that are sized to store a total of 320 records and the cabinet’s top surface provides plenty of space for a turntable and audio components. The LP storage bins offer Symbol Audio’s signature hinge system which swivels and allows the bin to open completely, while keeping the cabinet stable and level. Customize the AERO LPC-200 LP Storage Cabinet with complementary or matched finishes available for the cabinet and drawer fronts.

Mobil

Mobil from Kartell | YLiving
Mobil from Kartell

Design by Antonio Citterio with Oliver Löw, 1995. Made in Italy by Kartell. Mobil is a practical and agile system of containers that feature both durability and glamour. With a variety of configurations, Mobil makes itself comfortable in nearly any room of the home or office. Mobil is available in a range of modern colors and finishes with various properties including semi-transparent, opaque and transparent.

Winner of Italy’s prestigious Compasso d’Oro award, 1995.

Barboy Table Trolley

Barboy Table Trolley from Verpan | YLiving
Barboy Table Trolley from Verpan

Design by Verner Panton, 1963. By Verpan. Barboy is the ultimate mobile storage solution for any room in the home, from the kitchen to the bedroom and everywhere in between. Particularly interested in designing furniture that allowed greater flexibility in interior spaces, Panton often mounted his furniture on wheels: a feature that mobilizes Barboy’s multifunctional design. The cylindrical piece is produced in molded wood and is divided into four elements: two table surfaces and two storage compartments swing out to store and conceal a variety of household items.

Paper Cupboard Patchwork

Paper Cupboard Patchwork from Moooi | YLiving
Paper Cupboard Patchwork from Moooi

Design by Studio Job, 2012. By Moooi. The Paper Patchwork Cupboard is a new expression of Moooi’s Paper family. Inspired by classic furniture yet manufactured with modern ingenuity, the cupboard fits your modern interior with ease. Eye-catching with colorful panels and shelves, the cupboard is made entirely of paper, cardboard and papier-mâché and has a durable wood and cardboard frame finished in PU lacquer. The construction is intelligent, and the pieces are easy to assemble. There are no screws, nuts or bolts in the entire piece, which gives the cupboard a seamless, light sensibility despite its ability to house precious tea cups and saucers, heirloom table linens, kids’ artwork, and of course — board games!

Wireframe End Table

Wireframe End Table from Gus* Modern | YLiving
Wireframe End Table from Gus* Modern

The Wireframe End Table is a functional accent piece which allows for maximum modern appeal alongside practical table and storage capabilities. This end table features a beautiful walnut-finished, exposed ply top and bottom surface, and black powder-coated steel grid framework. An opening in the side allows for attractive, convenient storage of cushions, blankets, books, or other items. The stainless steel base comes with non-marking plastic leveler feet that are compatable with both wood and carpeted floors. An ideal piece for the living room and bedroom alike.

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