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.
If you're lucky enough to have a thousand or so bottles of good wine laying around, then you probably also have the cash to drop on this monster. GE's Monogram Walk-In Wine Vault ($35,000) offers the sophisticated collector a stainless steel self-contained wine cellar with moisture-resistant redwood racks, advanced cooling technology, and an electronic inventory-management system that uses a barcode scanner, a 15-inch touch-screen and software to let you search by producer, country, appellation, varietals, vintage, maturity, price, and more.
If your stuff always ends up being scattered throughout the house, it might be time to invest in something like this. Made of birch veneer with an espresso finish, this large valet ($100) will keep your essentials organized and right where you can find them. It's got compartments for a cell phone, PDA, sunglasses, pens, watch and loose change, as well as two drawers lined with brown faux-suede for cuff links and other junk.
We're torn trying to decide if this thing is lame or just a really great idea that plays to our geek side. Anthro's eNook ($400) is a new wall-mounted workstation that gives you a place to store and easily access your laptop and all of your gadgets. It's got a handy flip-down door that turns into the main workspace, power outlets for charging devices, and is available in maple, cherry and white finishes.
This unique magazine and newspaper rack is one of those items that's just clever enough to make us really want it. We've been looking hard lately for ways to keep our weekly influx of mags and papers in order, and the News Magazine Rack from Chiasso ($70) could bring a little fun to the situation.
Since we're total magazine junkies, we've been looking for ways to keep things tidy when it comes to our monthly collection of issues. This grey tweed tote ($35) features black faux leather trim and an unexpected buckle, and helps us keep our magazines out of the floor and off our coffee table. Plus, it makes it super easy to take 'em upstairs to the bedroom when we're ready for some bedtime reading.
It always sucks not being able to find your keys when you’re ready to walk out the door, so if you don’t already have a good place to put them — or just want a better one — take a look at the Tewo Key Holder ($40). It features a thin, foam-padded slot to hold your keys and a nice curved area for mail underneath. Unfortunately, this does mean having to get rid of that huge old keychain you’ve been carrying around. Let it go, man, just let it go.
As digital music gains more and more ground, the badge of coolness that once was a great CD collection wanes — but you can still breathe some life into your stack of discs with this Accordian CD Holder by Stefan Patte ($300). Made of anodized aluminum, the holder can house an impressive 299 boxed discs, yet collapses down to 20” x 5” for easy shipping and storage. Remember, today’s CD collection is tomorrow’s LP collection.