All posts tagged: containers

Formwork Desk Accessories

  Designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Herman Miller‘s Objects program, Formwork is a modular system of containers that can be arranged, stacked, and combined to best organize the gadgets and desk accessories that you need closest at hand. The small and large trays feature cantilevered ledges for easy stacking and access. For the collection’s  large and small boxes, designed for bulkier items, the designers added removable lids and holes that can double as cup holders. The media stand is angled on a silicon base so that it stays in place, not matter how many times you toss your phone on it.  All images courtesy of Herman Miller.

Accessories from the Chilean Design Studio bravo!

The Chilean design studio bravo! combines local Legna wood, copper, and bronze to create a line of elegant handcrafted accessories, including coat hooks, candlestick holders, and containers. In addition to their product design work, the Santiago-based studio also designs architectural interiors. I like how a grouping of mushroom-capped coat hooks, made of wood and bronze, transforms a wall into an art installation. All images courtesy bravo!

Kaikado Canisters

Kyoto-based Kaikado has been producing airtight canisters for tea and other items since 1875. Made through a manufacturing process that involves as many as 140 steps, the tea caddies, or chazutsu, have been handmade virtually the same way since the company was founded. A double-walled construction protects the leaves from humidity while helping them maintain their scent. As the joints of the lid and body are lined up, the lid descends in a smooth, silent motion while expelling air from the container. Depending on the metal you choose, the color will change over time — copper in 1-2 years, brass in 3-5 years, and tin in 30-40 years. I love how the manufacturer describes the unique patination process that happens through handling the canisters. “Gently caressing the entire body of chazutsu day after day brings out a mysteriously elegant sheen and gleam to its years. Chazutsu provides utility and pleasure as it ages gracefully with ownership.” Wow, that’s some sexy stuff. Stay tuned for a novel starring the containers called Fifty Shades of Earl Grey. Available in …