Sewing box cabinet
by Kiki van Eijk


Dutch Design Week: designer Kiki van Eijk presents a cabinet that opens like a giant sewing box at her studio in Eindhoven this week as part of Dutch Design Week (+ movie).

Sewing box cabinet by Kiki van Eijk

The cabinet was made of Elm by a carpenter in Arnhem and features knobs cast in solid brass.

Sewing box cabinet by Kiki van Eijk

The mechanism is supported by springs so that pulling on one side opens up the whole structure, despite its weight, without a motor or electronic components. "I wanted to have the analogue feel of this old-school sewing box, and I wouldn't like it if you have to open it with two people or if there's a motor inside because then it becomes something electronic and it really doesn't fit with the idea," van Eijk told Dezeen, adding that the project took four years to perfect because the mechanics were so tricky.

Sewing box cabinet by Kiki van Eijk

See all our stories about Kiki van Eijk and all our stories about Dutch Design Week, which continues until 28 October.

Photos are courtesy of Studio Kiki van Eijk.

  • cuneese

    Nice knobs. That’s a statement right there.

  • Peter

    One of the worst designs I’ve seen on this great site. Ugly shape, and a flimsy and completely impractical use of the tackle box mechanism. The designer/demonstrator cannot see inside the top five compartments, it requires a significant amount of space to open and the top compartment apparently does not close.

    • Lulu

      At least it is kind of fun, isn’t it?

  • Airborne

    Folded down it has the normal proportions of a cabinet. Once opened, you need a ladder to reach what’s in the upper boxes. How much sense does that make?

    That is also a lot of wood for so little storage. There is no idea and no consideration behind this. By just blowing up an otherwise handy item you don’t create design.

  • antonius

    I want my scissors. Which drawer was it?

  • Mark

    Very Dutch. Blow it up and lose the detail. The nobs are just a cheap trick. As stated earlier in the comments, it’s totally unpractical and only usefull in your ivory-tower-like workspace. Snobbish at most.

  • James

    Completely agree with everyone else; what was she thinking?

  • Jamie

    I think the design is quite interesting, makes for a good conversation starter. The opening action looks very fluid.

  • qqq

    So ridiculous. Unless this is a storage cabinet for feathers, it is going to be extremely hard to open once full of things. It also looks very fragile. One bump from the side and the whole thing collapses. That would be a scary situation.

  • Annelore Meyers

    Is this product designed to serve only itself? Instead of thinking “what can I do to get noticed?” we as designers could ask ourselves “how can we REALLY make a difference and improve things”. It’s sometimes hard to give an answer, but we should try at least!

  • Can you imagine if your hand gets crushed between the boxes?

  • Leilani

    Kiki has stretched the limit of a practical design to art. Brava! It's wonderful.

  • beatrice

    Goodbye, finger!

    Why is it so big? Why is it not on the floor so you can get things out?

  • Sterling

    Assuming there are no other issues (I agree with those mentioned in other comments), I want to see this thing loaded up and then opened. It seem flimsy enough without any added stress. Something conceptual under the guise of the functional – obviously not the best outcome possible.

  • Ally

    I doubt it can take much weight once it had weight in it and could it open so easily? It would all be too heavy.

  • Carrie

    This may sound nuts but I could see this used in a Renaissance festival in a booth to use as a display case with a clear front, or as a puppet theatre for children with all of their goodies tucked inside and curtains attached possibly (provided it is stable). Who says it has to hold sewing supplies.

  • Lulu

    It would be more useful if it was smaller.