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Not In My Dining Room0

Not sure what you’re looking at? 

Apparently, it’s a china cabinet.

I know. I’m confused, too. 

Polish designer Karolina Tylka  has created a mind-boggling alternative to traditional shelving.  From what I can gather, this cabinet holds fragile pieces of china between sheets of coated paper, folded and woven into sheets of glass that make up the main structure.

Tylka contributes to DEEDS—the Design, Education, and Sustainability project—an international organization involving people from various parts of Europe that educates and promotes earth-friendly design.

In the version below, the china cabinet utilizes cardboard supports with paper “shelves” that create a storage unit made completely of  recycled materials.  But. . . it just plain looks weird to me.

I confess that I have some trust issues—but they don’t usually extend to furniture.  Until now.  I guess it’s because I still can’t quite figure out how the thing works.

Is it just me or does it look  to you like that urn (or bowl, or whatever the hell it is) is gonna plummet to the earth?

To me everything in this “cabinet” looks all . . .I dunno . . . floppy.  Sort of like a bunch of cloth restaurant napkins all wedged into a slit.  And I’m supposed to trust that my great-grandmother’s china set will be safe in this?!?

Granted, I don’t have access to the actual piece.  It could be the most solid storage system ever devised.  But for now, I think I’ll trust my trust issues and keep my china where it is. 

by John Barker

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