Poetry in a messy room

August 18, 2006


Also a post otherwise known as Convergence of interests III, as they truly come together here. What does a clotheshorse do with a closet overwhelmed with clothing, a messy bedroom strewn with clothes from ceiling to floor? How do I keep my necklaces from getting tangled and knotted, and keep my prized garments at their very best? Traditional storage avenues just don’t cut it; creative and functional design is desperately needed in the attempt at keeping my room clean.

mi-workshop, a san diego based architecture and design operation, has some truly beautiful and strikingly simple pieces that would definitely address my messy room issues. I am terrible at hanging clothing at the end of a long day, and am wont to accumulate clothes on chairs, on the floor, hanging of doorknobs, etc. The Phil ladder is an ingenius and obvious solution to this problem as its rungs would be a much better substitute than the floor. If you have a penchant for prints and colours in clothing, it would make an amazing display for one’s wares.


Similarly, the run-of-the-mill jewelry box don’t cut it either. Again there is a clever solution: the Ray shelf with its multiple knobs for hanging chains and necklaces prevents tangles, and there’s a handy mirror for a last once-over before leaving the boudoir. All the mi-workshop pieces are so precise and intuitive; the details convey the designer’s acute sensitivity to and understanding of the everyday lives of ordinary people (and in particular, those who appreciate good design).

This past spring, I saw a documentary film entitled Danish Design that profiled 18 Danish designers, craftsmen, and architects in an attempt to answer “What is Danish Design?” One statement made in the film that struck a great resonance with me was something architect Dorte Mandrup Poulsen said: that the purpose of design is “finding poetry in everyday life.” So perfectly articulated, nothing more need be said -only that mi-workshop exemplifies this statement.

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