With limited space, New Yorkers need to be smart about how they furnish their homes. One clever solution is the use of adaptable furniture, like the brilliant Stockwerk shelf, a clever pop-up piece that can expand from almost flat to a fully functional six-level height. Created by young German designer Meike Harde, this shelf can also be delivered as a flat-pack item, yet there’s no need for complicated assembly with those dreaded Allen wrenches.
Based in Saarbrücken, Germany, Harde explores alternative construction methods, challenging rules and materials’ properties to create experimental furniture pieces. While traditional storage systems tend to be made out of heavy thick materials, Stockwerk (“floor” in German) is light and thin.
Stockwerk’s laminated wooden sides feature small cuts on each of the panels, which are fixed using piano hinges that allow them to bend and stay in place. The final height of the fully linked system is decided by the user, who can choose to leave each compartment closed or open them according to the items on display.
See more adaptable furniture for small spaces by Meike Harde at her website here.
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Photos courtesy of Johannes Höller