Clutter: From the Closet |

Clutter: From the Closet

Meaghan F. Wolff(c) 2007, The Washington PostGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

While searching for New Year’s solutions to clutter, we found a storage alternative to humorless Rubbermaid containers and battered shoe boxes. Both are useful, yes, but so boring they are destined to a life hidden in closets among dust bunnies. The $20 “Hotel” shoe box, devised by Pure Nomade, is not only cheerful to look at, it also works as both storage and furniture. The unusually shaped, easy-to-assemble cardboard cubby can corral cosmetics, electrical cords, small toys or, of course, shoes. A stack of them is sturdy enough to serve as a side table for holding a mug of coffee and a magazine or two. In an office, one would do well on a desktop as a compartment for staplers, tape dispensers and other unruly supplies. The Hotel comes in 16 patterns and colors. Solids, including Candy Pink and Pistachio, have a linen texture; the wild patterns have a glossy finish. Soren Berg, a partner in the Danish industrial design firm that created them, says a smaller version, about one-third the size of the original, will be available early this year. To avoid shipping charges from Denmark, you can order the Hotel box through its New York retailer, YoyaMart, by visiting or calling (212) 242-5511.

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