If necessity is the mother of invention, then that’s certainly the genesis of this new system. Konneker moved into a studio apartment with virtually no storage. He developed a design that would hold his vinyl collection, TV, clothes and shoes. The unit, pictured, features 16 sections, 12 of which are used to store books and music. In the middle is a section for the flat screen TV. The left side of the unit incorporates a single hang area with upper shelves for folded clothing and bottom shelves for shoe storage.On top of the cube is a guest bed, built-in and with a slatted frame. Inside is additional storage space.
“A house is not really flexible,” says Konneker, “But we can rethink the furniture inside. I believe useful furniture must be adapted to the needs of the user.”
Woodworker Remo Zimmerli took Konneker’s original sketches and fabricated the innovative system using 3-layer, 22mm spruce, assembling it with glue, screws and a few bolts. No nails, he says.
Manufacturing operations have recently been set up in both Europe and the U.S. with production of the Living Cube expected to start in early 2014. The highly customizable storage units will be shipped worldwide with higher-end, top-of-the-line systems fabricated directly on-site.