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In the realm of interior design, the disarray and absence of essentials in our living spaces often stem from a lack of designated storage solutions. Whether it’s keys or shoes, the presence of small items can escalate into significant disorder when left scattered without a proper home. Mere provision of storage spaces is insufficient; strategic placement of these repositories is equally vital. Objects that accompany you outdoors but have no place indoors are best stationed near the entrance. However, the entryway may not always be the optimal location for shelves. Addressing this multifaceted issue, our design concept presents an elegant solution, offering a lasting abode for transient belongings such as shoes, keys, earbuds, and even the wearied human form.
While shoe racks are a common fixture in homes, apartments, and living spaces, they typically occupy the vicinity of the entrance, serving a singular purpose with limited functionality beyond shoe storage. This often results in wasted space, especially for those with a modest shoe collection.
Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture, notably the torii gates, our creation, named “Tokyo,” transcends the conventional shoe rack by integrating two additional functionalities. The cushioned top transforms into a comfortable bench, ideal for moments when you need respite or when donning your shoes. A small tray on one side provides a designated spot for items such as your phone, keys, and miscellaneous belongings. This multifunctional design is versatile enough to be placed near the entrance or against any wall, utilizing space efficiently to deliver three distinct features.
What sets Tokyo apart is its minimalist aesthetic, a hallmark of Joao Teixeira’s design philosophy. Crafted from bent planks of plywood, the piece achieves a sophisticated yet uncomplicated appearance. The two legs, bent at opposing angles, form a seamless surface to temporarily hold small objects, complemented by a pseudo three-centered arch—also made from bent plywood—that acts as a shelf for larger items.
While Tokyo may not resemble a conventional shoe rack, its distinctive design makes it a versatile furniture piece suitable for any location. The spacious area at the bottom accommodates taller shoes and boots, while the shelf caters to sandals, loafers, sneakers, and similar footwear. Moreover, it can discreetly house books, foldable umbrellas, or other essentials you may need before dashing out the door. In essence, this shoe rack and bench hybrid offers a charming and convenient solution for organizing shoes and small items, doubling as a comfortable respite upon returning home.
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