Home office in a box

CI DeskIf you are strapped for space and you need a workspace for your house or apartment, you may want to check out the CI Desk from Creative Industrial Objects. Its small design and compact storage drawers offer a welcome alternative to a space-hogging desk.

The CI Desk looks a bit like a storage unit on wheels, but it is more than just a way to store your office supplies. The top flips out to supply you with a solid place for your laptop to rest, instead of using your lap. From Creative Industrial Objects:

A multi-functional home office on wheels, in its handy size and elegant shape, adapting to the flexible working habits of the individual at home or in the office. Through a 180-degree turn of its top, it unfolds into a small workstation for laptop users. The smooth contours of the desk cube in fact reveal the delicately inbuilt wooden drawers that open to the front and sides. CI desk provides mobility and a practical working space for any busy individual.

If one was to go this route in a home office, you would more than likely have to keep all clutter out of your streamlined desk. There just isn’t enough room for a junk drawer or desk top toys and trinkets … which is probably a good thing.

(via Apartment Therapy)

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.

Vertabrae bathroom system for really small bathrooms

After our post on the hideaway sink ran two weeks ago, we received an email from one of our readers asking us if we had seen the Vertabrae® bathroom system. We hadn’t yet seen it, and we thought you might want to see it too. The Vertabrae system is an incredibly compact and vertical bathroom unit that houses just about everything you need in your bathroom. The design is by Paul Hernon of Design Odyssey Ltd.

More information on the Vertabrae:

This stylish aluminum sculpture of seven stacked modules that rotate from the center “spinal column,” has every basic item you need in a bathroom, plus it leaves you some room to bend down to touch your toes without hitting your head on the way up.

With a toilet, sink and two modules (one for children), the Vertibrae gives most of the space in your bathroom right back to you. And the Vertebrae even provides some space for shower, bath, shaving, and cosmetic products right along the column. Cleaning supplies and your favorite toilet paper… in the cupboards under the toilet seat.

Thanks to reader Richard for sharing this interesting concept with us.


The StairCase is an ingeniously designed shelving unit that combines a bookshelf with a pull out stair system in the bottom three shelves. It is designed by Danny Kuo and is currently in the working prototype stage. The shelving system is fairly high and the top shelves are accessible by using the bottom shelves as steps for access to the higher shelves. I love this concept and find it very practical. It’s perfect for a small space.

(via Apartment Therapy)

Modular kitchen design

While looking around the web for multi-functioning kitchen tools and gadgets, I stumbled upon the following design for a modular kitchen. As you can see from the photos, the modular kitchen designed by Fevzi Karaman is an interesting concept for small spaces. It looks to be, at this point, just a concept. Hopefully, in the near future this modular kitchen concept will be available for purchase. Just about everything you need in a kitchen is packed into this small, rectangular counter top:

Fevzi Kitchen 1

Fevzi Kitchen 2

Obviously, this is intended for small living spaces and isn’t going to be very useful for larger families. For a small space, however, it is well done.

(via Tuvie.com)

Slimmed down kitchen faucets

faucetKitchen faucets have become much more sleek and compact over the years. If your kitchen is still equipped with a traditional two handled faucet and a separate sprayer attachment, you may want to make the switch to something like this Price Pfister model. The water’s temperature is regulated by a standalone arm design that isn’t very new, but the sprayer is contained in the spout for a convenient design that keeps your sink less cluttered.

If you do go with a newer and sleeker design for your sink you can install a soap dispenser, as one of our readers suggested. This will further free your sink of clutter by getting rid of those pesky soap bottles that seem to get in the way of just about everything.

Interesting way to hide powercords

Powercords are a necessary evil that ruin the aesthetic of almost any room in your home. Finding ways to hide them and get them into a manageable arrangement is always a struggle. I came across a rather unique and interesting way to hide your wire clutter over at Underwire.

From the Boiler design site:

The Picket Fence adapts to older homes and cleanly manages the electrical necessities of the occupants. The baseboards have a certain thickness to them, typically much thicker than an electrical cord. By sticking these pickets onto the baseboard, a space is created between the wall and the picket points. This space serves as a track for routing all of the wires cleanly around the room. They can go wherever they like and double back as much as they need to, all concealed behind a picket fence. Because of the gaps between the individual pickets, a plug can jump out wherever it is needed.

Obviously this design isn’t for everyone, but I think it is creative and lends itself to different interpretations.