What at first glance might look like an oversized building block puzzle set is actually a surprisingly well designed piece of furniture. The ROOM Collection by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson is modular in its truest sense with blocks which can be simply stacked on top of each other and reconfigured at any time. Indeed the 25 blocks which make up the ROOM Collection can either be combined to form a tall shelf or divided to create several smaller pieces of furniture.
“While it is common to use a square form to arrange an object, Erik and Kyuhyung were interested in diversifying the relationship between object and space to create furniture as rooms for objects.”
The collection was entitled ROOM due to this notion of forming spaces intended to serve specific functions – much in the same way as rooms in a house. Kyuhung has cited architectural inspiration in creating these geometric apertures and there are also clear parallels to be drawn between the stackable nature of this modular shelving system and a child’s building block set.
The ROOM Collection is comprised of 25 blocks and one low table which serves as a platform to raise the unit off the ground. The wooden blocks are hollowed out with an array of different geometric voids which, while they might not make the most efficient use of space, are actually more practical than they look.
For example the peaked module can keep a book open at a certain page, while the keyhole shape is ideal for a vase of flowers. The jagged square is my personal favourite and it is intended to house either books or a family of electronic devices – a smartphone, tablet and laptop – diagonally between its zigzagging edges.
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