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 4:06pm 9/29/14 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 5:42pm 4/14/14 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 3:00pm 3/27/14 3:00pm

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

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 5:00pm 11/14/12 5:00pm

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

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 1:40pm 5/07/12 1:40pm