If clever storage solutions feature prominently at the forefront of your interior house design interests, consider the Smith Storage Unit by JODR (Jonathan Olivares Design Research). The small, yet immensely clever item is the recipient of the 2011 Compasso d’Oro, one of the most prestigious awards in the field. JODR was propelled to design the Smith Storage Unit in order to meet the overlapping interests of both home and office. They created a piece which can work perfectly as storage space, while also meeting the criteria to instantly turn into a stool or a side table. Simply attach Smith to any table and see how a dining room turns into an improvised, yet efficient workspace. After use, the item’s tapered proportion allows it to be stacked and stored without taking up too much space. According to the designers themselves, “Smith is a flexible hybrid that allows its user to define its end purpose.”
JODR are interior house design gurus but the 2006-founded studio, the love child of Jonathan Olivares, also engages in industrial design projects, exhibitions, as well as all aspects of design-related research and writing. Their research slant is also manifest in the concern they display for the needs of their clients, to whom they provide elegant solutions, informed by historical and social understanding of form and functionality. As far as press praise goes, in her article on JODR for Kaleidoscope quarterly on contemporary art and culture, Leah Whitman-Salkin wrote of Olivares: “Aesthetically, his works seldom resort to fanfare, privileging use-value and tenderness over showmanship. Olivares produces objects that ask to be used rather than observed. His slow-and-steady style, combined with his personal resolve, produces humble results worth looking out for.” And this is particularly true of the Smith Storage Unit!