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April 13, 2012

Even the sleekist modernist accumulates stuff in need of a hiding spot, and the hold-all furniture we spotted on recent travels to the Stockholm and Paris design fairs prove that it’s not a regional issue. Bonus points awarded for mix-and-match modular compartments and deceptively seamless facades.

colorful trolley storage cabinets Jan en Randoald for Labt

Trolley Filing Cabinet

A graphic design duo from Ghent rigged up a modular filing system that circles back to their print work: Some components of the rolling trolley are printed with patterned veneers while others are left in their natural plywood state.

SaraS fabricated wooden wall shelves Jacob Granat

SaraS Wall Shelves

Swedish designer Jacob Granat fabricated this compact storage system with an eye on mid-century modern lines and a present-day solution: a place where his girlfriend can keep her phone, keys, and wallet right by the front door.

modern wood secretary desk by Ligne Roset

La Secrète Desk

The secretary desk of yore conjures up a nook- and-cranny-filled spot for illicit correspondence, and this pint-size, modern reinterpretation does not disappoint with its drop front, sliding tray, exterior drawer, and room for a hidden power cable.

modern black walnut dressing table

Princess Dressing Table

A black walnut top perched on a thin stainless steel base opens to reveal a compartment for storing jewelry— an unexpected surprise the size of a porthole.

REK wooden coffee table by Reinier de Jong

REK Coffee Table

Whether you’re serving morning coffee for two or a pizza party for a gaggle of friends, this coffee table does triple duty by expanding its square inches with surfaces that tuck away when not in use.

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