March 12, 2008

Ombelico: Sweet, Belted, Modular Storage By Marc Sadler

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Oh, awesome, modular cube-shaped retail fixtures, where were you when I needed you?

Milan-based industrial designer Marc Sadler is developing Ombelico, a [presumably] low-cost, flatpack storage and display system, with the Italian manufacturer Alu. It's made from WPC, wood plastic composite, a recycled resin that's mostly wood flour [!], which is normally used for decking and other heavy-use outdoor applications.

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A stack is held together by an off-the-back-of-the-truck, webbed tension belt, which has a nice resonance with classically chaotic agglomeration of drawers Tejo Remy did for Droog Design way back in 1991. Holy crap, that was 17 years ago.

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There's no mention of Ombelico on either Alu's or Sadlers' site, so don't get caught up planning any insanely sustainable storage walls around it any time soon.

more pics: Ombelico: Alu e Marc Sadler [elmanco, in italian, via mocoloco]
Tejo Remy. 'You Can't Lay Down Your Memory' Chest of Drawers. 1991 [moma.org]
Previously: DT Checklist: modular storage to fill kids room gap

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Where can I purchase these cubes?

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