Pivot by Shay Alkalay


These drawers by young Israeli designer Shay Alkalay were launched by Dutch brand Arco at the IMM Cologne furniture fair earlier this month.

Called Pivot, the unit rests against the wall and features drawers that pivot open rather than sliding.

Here's some text about the piece from Alkalay:



design by Raw-Edges, Shay Alkalay

This surprising cabinet is ideally suited to storing small items and everyday necessities in order to make sure these are always in the same place. Very useful during morning rush hour at home!

The solid wood cabinet is built on tall legs and features two drawers.


The innovative aspect of this cabinet is the fact that the drawers can hinge, making it possible to open both at the same time, which is impossible with a conventional set of drawers.

Available in: lacquer, solid oak, solid American walnut.

Shay Alkalay is a young Israeli designer. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2006 (MA Design Products, Ron Arad’s Course) he is now designing in his own Raw-Edges Design Studio in London.

Posted on Wednesday January 30th 2008 at 9:49 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • really love this.. so smart and great use of space

  • odo


  • collyn

    Shay did some really brilliant stuff while he was at the RCA, too. Remember the rotating fish bowl? Can’t wait to see more.

  • Serena Trab

    Vvvvery beautiful!

  • simone b

    I really like this project, glad to see it in production.
    Would also like to see his mountain of draws or a cabinet with a similar concept made.
    Can’t wait to see your next project Shay.

  • Noa

    Brilliant! wish i had one of those lovely creations.

  • mekaratta

    Clever Solution!

  • i LOve this – does anyone know where I could purchase this?

  • Ha Zeev ba maim? Ani o hev ha medafim ba magarnia aval ani cho shev al kisehrot ba nachash. Lo o ken? Ken ken ken!

  • not important

    the proportions are a bit awkward. makes it look like a fold-up chair or stool when closed

  • Arch

    Admit it, there is very little difference in functionality between this one that pivots and the usual one were you just pull it out. The big difference is….style!

  • Jay

    What if you put heavy stuff at the bottom drawer ? will it fall ?
    is creative but ….

  • Loove it!!!

  • Flehbleh


    very… well… inspired… i guess

    2004 erratum – style (saw it in ID mag at the time)

    right there at http://www.erratum.ca/pse.php

  • zuy

    great, brillant clever !!

  • Fred

    Very clever and original design. Best new design I’ve seen.

  • brillant solution….

  • Mike

    Won the Design Design Award in the Netherlands last week in the category “product – living”.