While the name may not inspire confidence, this is one wire you won't mind hanging your stuff on. The Wire Coatrack ($300) by Tom Dixon is a paper clip-inspired extendable rack that can turn corners and holds your coats, bags, and hats in style. If you like the Wire Coatrack, consider a Horizontal Shoe Rack ($150; shown in pic) to go along with it.
It was true when you were struggling to tie your shoes, and it's still true now: Velcro makes everything easier. The Clote Velcro Key Holder ($70) is a prime example of this, with a steel unit that features five color coordinated velcro circles and loop fastener key chains. Never get your keys confused again.
Bring the chaos that is your cluttered garage to an end with the UltiMate Garage Storage System ($2,232). This eight-piece system includes two tall two-door cabinets, one base cabinet, one rolling base cabinet. a three-drawer base cabinet, two two-door hanging cabinets, and a 72" work surface, all in a contemporary style that is more Crate & Barrel than Home Depot.
Designed by Jamie Salm and Roger Allen, Beehive SoftBowls ($39) are decorative bowls made from molded wool. They can be used for everything from storage to covers for those nasty planters that come on most potted plants, and are also environmentally-friendly, using less than one tenth the energy needed to make similar ceramic bowls. If the Beehive design isn't your style, check out the Wobowl and Swoop SoftBowls.
There's nothing quite like a classic — and few shoe silhouettes say classic the way the 574 does, with a legacy that dates all the way back to 1988. Though plenty of new colorways have been introduced since the original gray, black, and white, none stand out like the New Balance Neon Lights 574. Available in several bold color combinations accentuated by bright neon highlights, these shoes feature glow-in-the-dark technology that illuminates them at night. Combining luminous accent colors with the cushioning of an ENCAP midsole, they're the ideal blend of time-tested wearability and unique, exciting style.
Most secret rooms need to be designed into your house way before it's built, but these Woodfold Bookcase Doors ($TBA) change all that. Ready to install on either 54 or 66-inch wide openings, the bookcases offer two fixed shelves at the middle and bottom, with four more adjustable shelves for personalization. In addition, the doors use a heavy-duty steel roller system and a piano-hinge running the entire length of the door to ensure quality over the years. Secret passageways aren't just for superheroes anymore.
If you're like us, you probably have quite a few items that you use regularly but don't necessarily want to keep out in the open. With a Multi-bin Organizer ($150), this isn't a problem. Throw shoes, toys, tools, or supplies in the angled, open bins to keep them handy yet out of the way. Whether it's for a closet, the kids' play room, or the garage, the Multi-bin organizer is ready.
There's nothing like the holiday season to remind you that it's simply impossible for people to get along. With that in mind, it's best to be prepared for whatever might come your way — and this is a great way to do it. The Ice-Qube ($850) is jam-packed with all sorts of things to keep you and your loved ones alive in an emergency. There's too much included to list it all here, but its slogan is "Everything you never want to need in case of emergency," and it's spot on.
There are plenty of different places to hide your most valuable belongings, but in the floor normally isn't the first place you'd think of. The Sentry In-Floor Safe ($120) can keep 540 cubic inches of stuff protected, with a four-number combination lock, waterproofing, and installation in a place that your average thief isn't going to check — like in the floor, underneath a couch and rug.
Those of you who actually put on a suit every day will appreciate this Standing Valet ($120). Constructed from chestnut-stained poplar wood, the valet keeps your suit looking neat and helps you get out the door faster. It lets you hang your suit and shirt, and has room for shoes, tie and belt, as well as a tray that holds your watch, wallet, cell phone, and other small items.
Not all organizational tools need to look organized. Take, for instance, Harry ($30). This tangled-looking ball of black wire, coated to make sure your gadgets and such don't get scratched, hangs securely on your wall, ready to hold whatever you need held. The more stuff you give him, the bigger he becomes, shaping himself uniquely based on the kinds of stuff you give him to hold. See? Just because it looks disorganized, doesn't mean it is.
Isn't it about time you quit using that old cigar box to to store all your important documents? This Honeywell Fingerprint Safe ($500) has a super tamper-proof design thanks to a built-in fingerprint scanner that admits entry. The all-steel safe can withstand 1700-degree heat for up to an hour, can program up to 10 fingerprints, and includes both key and digital combination locks. It measures almost 18" square and has 1.2 cubic feet of storage.
Dividing a space without using a wall is never perfect, but this Segment Shelving ($1500) can help you get pretty darn close. Finished on both sides with either a natural or ebony finish, the shelves serve as a great room divider. Plus, the open shelves make for the perfect spot to display books, special art pieces, or your favorite toys. Three drawers at the bottom provide extra hidden storage in this excellent living room addition.
Although it is rather — okay, very — expensive, the Press Magazine Rack ($600) is possibly the coolest way to hold your monthly rags and all sorts of other reading material. It features three back-slanted shelves on one side, and a large drop-in style basket on the other, making it the best of both common magazine rack designs. The aluminum and wood construction complete the package on this expensive, but extremely smart, magazine rack.
In honor of the Carolina Hurricanes' Stanley Cup victory last night, we bring you this remarkably unique Hockey Stick Box ($230). Created by Dorothy Spencer, the storage box is handmade with vintage hockey sticks and opens with an equally old handle made from a recycled faucet handle or a discarded door knob.
Normal book cases have simple shelves, on which you put your items, and they sit there for all the eye to see. Not with the Thomas Wold Block Party Book Case ($4000). It uses an innovative system of sliding panels and doors that allow you to customize the framing of your favorite items in the book case, while letting you hide items that you don't want your company to see. Each case is hand-built to order and is available in one of two colors: Hello, which features solid and veneer walnut with orange, citron, lime, slate, and antique white laminate, and Butter and Cream, which contains solid and veneer ash with antique white laminate and gold acrylic mirror.
In a world where "key baskets" are a way too common item, and where misplaced keys can cost you money, time, or even a job, the His & Hers Key Holders ($25 each) are a simple, fun way to keep track of your car and house keys. Simply add the unique DJ-me key (hey, we didn't name it) to your ring and then insert it into the slot in the holder for storage when you arrive home.
Storage. The one thing that all of us need, yet don't need in the same way. Some of us have papers and old documents that need to be filed away, while some of us have cool collections that should be exhibited while being stored. Most of us, though, just have junk that needs somewhere to go — somewhere like the Wedge Cabinet ($1200). With its funky geometric design and minimalist touches, it's the perfect place to show off your collection of stuff that no one needs to see.
This editor has lugged a collection of huge wooden shelves to three apartments now, and I'm pretty sure the bitches are staying here the next time I move. Unlike our back pain-inducing ones, this shelving unit, made of injection-molded polypropylene, is incredibly lightweight and superbly strong at the same time. An update to Doron Lachish's popular Cubitec shelving system, the Cubits ($170) unit offers deeper shelves, invisible joinery, and optional doors and back panels. As bonus, you can choose from orange or translucent white.