Milan 08: Stack drawers by designer Shay Alkalay have been put into production by British manufacturers Established & Sons and were launched in Milan last month. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for ¬£12.
Rather than being housed in a frame, drawers of different depths and colours are stacked on top of each other and can be opened from either side.
‚ÄúI think chests of drawers look more intriguing when the drawers are left partly open,‚ÄĚ Alkalay comments.
See more work by Alkalay in our previous stories:
The following text is from Established & Sons:
Usually a chest of drawers consists of an exterior frame, back panel and runners on each drawer. The height is limited to the size of the frame and the drawer can only be opened in one direction. With ‚ÄėStack‚Äô Shay Alkalay has questioned these elements and challenged our perception of what a drawer unit can be.
These individual, multi-coloured, ‚Äėfloating‚Äô drawer units are built up to different heights, creating a tower of drawers that can be pushed and pulled in both directions. This will often result in a random and irregular formality that is both fascinating and unusual to the eye. Positioned against a wall or in the centre of a room ‚ÄėStack‚Äô creates a rich and wonderful spectacle of colour and form. It can be appreciated from all angles as a sculptural object as well as an entirely functional, practical item of furniture.
‚ÄėStack‚Äô is offered in two standard sizes (8 drawer unit and 13 drawer unit) together with two multi-colour variants.