Sliding Drawers

Nov 15, 2012
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Designer Dessewffy

Melbourne-based furniture designer Felicity Dessewffy presents her Sliding Drawers – a storage system designed to adapt to suit changing storage requirements of the individual.

The modular units consist of two bamboo shelves and bamboo boxes with concealed drawers, and multiple units can be stacked or can sit side-by-side and expanded as desired by the user. The drawer boxes slide along the shelves, but provide sufficient resistance so they can act as bookends if required. The system can also be completely dismantled, and new drawers added or subtracted as needed.

With a background in architecture, Dessewffy places importance on customisation and longevity, and says of the design: “Both the drawers and the shelves are constructed from bamboo, which was selected for its aesthetic, as well as its dimensional stability and environmental sustainability.” Elements of surprise and detail are also important, with intricate edge details of the bamboo sheet revealed when the drawer is opened.

“Because of the moving nature of the piece,” says Dessewffy, “a dimensional stable material was necessary, and the use of bamboo enabled me to design with minimal tolerances.” The frame is made from powder-coated steel, and the backboard from E0 Laminex Vertiboard – these parts of the units can be customised to be a number of colours.

Dessewffy presented the piece at Corporate Culture’s Design Pitch event last week, as part of IDEA Week in the lead up to the IDEA 2012 Gala Party. Decided by audience votes, the Sliding Drawers finished a close second to Anara Mailybayeva’s Tall Poppy design.

The Sliding Drawers are currently in prototype, and are set to be available in early 2013 as part of the Sliding range, which will expand to include bedside tables, a desk, coffee table and sideboard.

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