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I love a good stack of stuff. Whether it’s beautiful books, bejewelled rings, arm-candy bracelets, smartly designed furniture or stylish tableware, there’s something about stacking and the assemblage of very similar items that I find aesthetically pleasing. I enjoy the rhythmic play and visual/physical repetition of shapes and textures, be it monochromatic or an eclectic mix of colours. As such, I’m always on the lookout for stylish stackable and modular items for my home design notebook, in case I find a thing or two that suits my style of decor.
Still one of my favourite tableware purchases to date, these bamboo vessels from British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko are such a delight. I enjoy the simplicity and minimalist quality of their unique form, their fluid organic lines and even their decorative appearance when stacked. These fine bone china Bamboo Wide Tumblers are simply beautiful. Very versatile, they can be used for water, wine, cocktails or iced-tea. I was so impressed with the design, I also bought the matching Bamboo Twist Sake Decanter with these tumblers. Knowing fully well that I never have sake at home, the plan was always to use the decanter as a vase for small flower arrangements as I have done in the picture below.
This cleverly designed table set from Peleg Design takes the form of a glass olive oil decanter complete with stacked ceramic salt and pepper shaker donuts. The design is rather practical, allowing you to take these condiments to the table at once and like most stackable items, it’s an excellent space-saver. Yes, you’ll have to remove the salt & pepper shakers before pouring the oil, but that is easily resolved by simply unstacking once dinner gets started. This one is definitely a new addition to my wish list!
I really like Muira Stools. Not just because they look like giraffes from the side view (giraffes are my favourite, next to baby saggy-baggy elephants of course), but because of their dynamic form. At first glance, it doesn’t look like a very comfortable seat, but having had the the chance to try one, I can reveal that they are indeed very comfortable seats! This rather angular, sculptural and stackable stool is available in 8 colours and is made from polypropylene, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. I’d like a few of these for the breakfast counter please!
This stackable desktop storage system designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility, is the best thing that could happen to your workspace. The sophisticated six-piece modular system can be configured in various ways, and is perfect for keeping clutter at bay, while you focus on more important tasks at hand in the home office. My only wish is that they had more vibrant and exciting colourways, but with the white widely available, that’s nothing a few bits of delightful washi tape can’t fix.
Cubit is a highly customisable modular shelving system available in 15 wonderful colours and a premium walnut finish. The individual units are made from MDF and coated with a thick layer of semi-gloss lacquer. These shelves are available in a variety of formats and sizes, giving you the flexibility of using them to store whatever you choose. The units are sold individually so you have the creative freedom to add to your shelving as your collection of books and artefacts expands. Better yet, think outside the box (excuse the pun) and create other articles of furniture like a sideboard, a side table or even a desk.
These stackable bins from Bangkok based company Qualy, will make recycling a breeze and are the perfect space-saving solution for the average city-dweller. They’re made from plastic, they come in two sizes and are easy to keep clean. Even better, they’re available in 5 colours; suitable for colour coding your trash. It’s good to do your bit to save our planet by recycling, and with Qualy bins you can do it with a bit of style.