Japan’s Shupatto Bags Easily Collapse for Simple Stowing

From totes to backpacks, foldable ripstop polyester products that roll up to save space

In many ways, the Shupatto bags, produced by Marna, act as an easy-to-decipher optical illusion. The Japanese company designs and manufactures a range of ripstop nylon products—totes of varying sizes, a backpack and more—that collapse and roll into surprisingly small bundles for stowing. This concept isn’t new, but the way Marna has engineered all of them is—thanks to an intuitive structure drawn from the world …

Optical Illusion Metal Shelves

Ukrainian designer Dmitry Kozinenko’s “Field” shelving system gives the illusion that all objects placed upon it are floating, when viewed head on. Composed of bent metal rods—which create resting positions for books, vases and other homewares—the structure’s subtlety tricks the eye into believing everything it holds rests upon nothing. When viewed from the side, however, all ledges are visible. It’s a lovely, unexpected touch from …

Zero Gravity Storage Racks

Maximize ceiling space with the help of air compression technology

For anyone living in cramped quarters or with too much stuff (notably seasonal gear), Zero Gravity Racks offer a solution. First, it maximizes ceiling space by resting high up on the wall and laying parallel to the surface. Second, it pulls itself up there by way of air compression technology. Owners affix it to the wall, and hoist their belongings onto it. The rest, the …

A Multifunctional, Blue-Stained Wooden Bike Rack

Upcycled from trees devastated by the pine beetle epidemic in British Columbia

ICYMI: a pine beetle epidemic has attacked more than 44 million acres of pine trees in British Columbia over the past 15 years—with warmer temperatures aiding the population to grow and spread far beyond its typical reach. Not only do the beetles lay eggs beneath the tree bark—eventually killing the tree—but they also insert a fungus that stains the wood blue. This aesthetic “defect” earns …

Colorful Office Additions

Functional accessories and furniture in subtle and vibrant hues

Without a doubt, color influences our psychology—from moods to productivity—and as much as we champion minimalism here at CH, sometimes black-and-white-with-leather-details isn’t enough to stimulate the creative juices. While you’re saving up for that one stunning piece of artwork you admire, here are some pieces of furniture and desk accessories that are not only functional but also add pops of subtle or vibrant hues to …