Thomas Schnur has surely designed what can only be described as the most minimalist of storage units that can used in the home, for retail displays or commercial spaces. A metal wire grid of tubes that are combined to create a large rectangular frame, such a furniture piece can be used as a commercial hanging frame or at home, perhaps in the bathroom as a clothes valet, the living space to hang up plants or as a shelving framework, the bedroom as a dirty clothes rail or in the hallway as a coat rack. The grid also features a reverse side frame stand which can also be used as a hanging device. If you take a look at the gallery, really can there be a storage frame so minimal yet so functional?
Made from powder coated steel, the 168cm x 55cm unit is a perfect combination of lightweight materiality and sturdy functionality. Schnur explains that his design process "...negotiates on the relative weight of material, manufacture, shape, meaning and function. I decompose the task into their properties and meanings...then analyse, evaluate and construct the idea."
Based on Piero Lissoni's Patchwork collection for Italian brand Cotto, Schnur has taken the designer's criss-crossing lines from a two dimensional plane and converted them into a three dimensional object. Inspired by the functionalities of retail space displays, and how they often efficiently display, store and keep objects clean, Schnur has made a home variation. Beyond the obvious aesthetics, the grid's inherent form also helps to bring the product's retail cost down, as well as ease flat-packed delivery.
Schnur is an award winning designer and was among a select roster of seven designers and architects to showcase projects related to Lissoni's Patchwork collection at the Cotto Another Perspective 4 exhibition as part of 2016 Milan Design Week. Discover more about the designer at ThomasSchnur.com.
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