Shelving That Automatically Waters Your Plants, Even When You Forget

It might not be as heartbreaking as saying goodbye to a pet, but no one wants to see their plants die—it's a sign of failure. And since using a device that reminds you to water them is useless if you're never home, this simple set of shelving will serve as your horticultural assistant, keeping your plants watered—and… »9/29/14 4:06pm9/29/14 4:06pm


These Modular Cabinets Are the Coolest Way To Display Precious Things

There's a case to be made—recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me)—that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display, like you're curating own little curio exhibition. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be… »4/14/14 5:42pm4/14/14 5:42pm

Why Shelving Units Are the Most Personal Pieces Of Furniture You Own

I don't often have emotional reactions to shelving units, but cripes—these pics from Design is a State of Mind, a new exhibition at London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery, are just about perfect. Storage systems are often stuck in the shadow of the stuff they're displaying, but, here, a handful of perfect specimens get… »3/27/14 3:00pm3/27/14 3:00pm

Adorable Fire-Escape Shelving: For When Your Knick-Knacks Need a Smoke Break

No one ever wants to consider the possibility of a fire ripping through their home. But you always prepare for the worst, and with this Urban Shelf your tiny potted cactuses and various knick-knacks have a safe way to escape the flames. For $98, it also doubles as an impromptu set-piece for living room productions of … »11/14/12 5:00pm11/14/12 5:00pm

All Ready-To-Assemble Furniture Should Be Held Together With Rubber Bands

How many times, while assembling Ikea furnture, have you stripped out a screw hole, lost piece of hardware, or finished the project, only to realize that the whole thing leans to the left? What if assembling (and reassembly) merely consisted of a few stategically-placed rubber bands? Enter the Gummitwist shelf. »5/07/12 1:40pm5/07/12 1:40pm