Eye candy: Wood organizing products

Knife and Saw is selling a beautiful bike shelf that is perfect for city dwellers in small spaces:

It’s not inexpensive ($270 for Ash or $300 for Walnut), but it is beautiful. And, the top of the bike rack can be used to hold stuff, which makes it a nice multi-tasker:

Speaking of beautiful wood things, have you seen Combine Collective’s Black Walnut Keyboard Trays?

Ranging from $69 to $79, they hold up to three Mac wireless devices in sustainable wood to use on your lap or desk.

It’s nice to see organizing products that are visually stunning and incredibly functional. So many organizing products are designed with utility as the only focus, completely ignoring aesthetics. I’m always on the lookout for items that manage to have high-quality function and form, and both of these certainly meet those standards.

(Bike shelf via Cool Hunting.)

16 Comments for “Eye candy: Wood organizing products”

  1. posted by Jonathan on

    Erin, without a custom-cut notch to hold the bike’s stem straight, it looks like the shelf will lead to lots of tire scuffs on one’s walls. Your point about aesthetic appeal rings true, however.

  2. posted by Gina on

    Looks like the ideal storage item for Manhattanites living in crammed apartments! And it really is beautiful, almost makes a work of art of your bicycle.
    And your biky is super-safe!
    I find the price kind of prohibitive though. For a shelf/bicycle hanging device? That outweighs its funcionality.

  3. posted by Jen on

    I don’t like the look of technology with wood for some reason. Even something as well crafted as the wooden trays above look haphazard to me.

  4. posted by Brian on

    Pretty to look at, but I’m not sure how practical the bike rack is without some sort of panel behind it to protect from the pedals hitting the wall.
    Don’t know how ‘sustainable’ Black Walnut is either… it takes a long time to grow one big enough for a slab to embed a keyboard in.

  5. posted by Rebecca on

    Those books are going to fall off every time someone pulls the bike down, or puts it back up. Maybe use the shelf to hold your helmet. And $300. Way overpriced. If I wanted something other than the 2 hooks we use, I’d make it out of plywood. It is going to take a lot of wear and tear over the years.

  6. posted by Third Shift on

    Great for men’s bikes. Women’s bikes, not so much. Wall dings too. Not a fan.

  7. posted by Splomo on

    This is very handsome. I like it.

    Although I ride a ladies’ bike, and my giant man’s giant bike also has a curved top tube, the creator’s site says you can contact him for customizing it to your bike’s frame.

    Also as an odd side note, someone on my local craigslist is giving awar rough-cut black walnut lumber. Wow-ie. Walnut trees grow in inconvenient places, fall down, get diseased, I guess. It’s good for someone to use the lumber in a beautiful way.

  8. posted by Brian on

    Bike Snob NYC mocked this item mercilessly in a recent blog post: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.co.....or-me.html

    Of course he mocks most things mercilessly.

  9. posted by Andrew on

    Only hipsters ride fixies. this bike mount is only for a sub-set of the population of Brooklyn.

    who would put books on their bike rack? where are you keeping you helmet, locks and and lights?

  10. posted by chacha1 on

    oooooh pretty. Good thing I don’t use a Mac. A few years back I saw a wood-framed LCD monitor … now THAT was tempting.

  11. posted by Kathy on

    @Andrew… you read my mind. We’ve got 5 bikes in our home, and none would fit that… but we’re not hipsters.

    The subset of fixy-ridin’ hipsters who choose to spend $300 on a block of wood and need a place to put 4 books is even smaller…

  12. posted by MissPrism on

    I love my bike but have never seen the point of bike racks. They seem to take up almost exactly the same amount of space as simply leaning the bike against the wall. Or am I missing something?

  13. posted by Sue on

    I’m so glad someone already linked bikesnobnyc’s blog mocking the bike/book shelf.

    There are already a number of hooks and hook/shelf combos on the market for storing a bicycle on the wall. Most show the shelf as a place for your helmet.

    I’ve now read two “organizing/decluttering” blogs that highlighted this product as if it was something that filled an empty niche and was the next best thing since sliced bread. I’m so glad I read bikesnobnyc’s review first, becuase it just made the other two (this one included), seem all the more absurd.

    As someone who actually hangs bicycles from a wall, I look at this and think that it’s totally impractical and expensive. I wouldn’t want to struggle to line up my entire top tube with a narrow slot while I’m lifting my bicycle and trying to keep the front wheel in line.

    The hooks I use to store my two bicycles are simpler, cheaper, elegant, and effective.

  14. posted by varun on

    *checks day of the week*
    Not Wednesday.

    Really? A piece of wood to hold three specific things? How is this not a Unitasker mockery item?

    May I suggest a “desk”? It’s a bigger piece of wood, and fits items other than three fruity products. Even cooler, many come with their own legs to stand upon!

  15. posted by suzjazz on

    I agree with all the comments about the impractical nature of this bike shelf, and I’d like to add this:
    It isn’t easy to mount something like that on a wall, especially if it’s a 100+ year old plaster wall with hardly any studs. Even if it’s built to hold 100 lbs., I seriously doubt it will hold the weight of a bike for long without the bolts inching their way out of the wall. And, as someone pointed out, any bike wall mount system has to allow enough room for the pedals. I am sympathetic to the dilemma of convenient bike storage because it is one of my dilemmas. My bike takes up about 1/3 of my foyer, just behind the front door. I have no other place to put it if I actually want to ride it. Please, someone come up with an idea that works and doesn’t cost $300. I hate the way companies take advantage of people who live in small spaces because they can’t AFFORD the $300 for a bike rack. The whole reason we need one is because we can’t afford a $400,000 house with lots of room for a bike, and hence we do not have a spare $300 floating around.

  16. posted by Laua on

    Well I think it’s beautiful.

    The title of the article is “Eye Candy”.

    My son is away at college, and this looks like it would be a nice way to store a bike in a dorm (except for the wall damage …. ).

    I’m sure someone handy could recreate this product for much less than $300.

    Thanks, Erin, for bringing this to our attention.

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