Clopen by Torafu Architects

The latest project by Japanese studio Torafu Architects may look like a standard floating shelf, but it actually contains a slim secret drawer that can be opened with magnets.

Clopen by Torafu Architects

The Clopen shelf comprises ash veneer over an aluminium frame and drawer mechanism, creating a 23mm-deep hiding place.

Clopen by Torafu Architects

It's in production with Japanese firm Tanseisha.

Clopen by Torafu Architects

In the past Torafu Architects have designed a desk for hiding away in and a shelf that thinks it's a bowl.

Clopen by Torafu Architects

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Clopen by Torafu Architects

Photos are by Yosuke Owashi.

Clopen by Torafu Architects

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Clopen

This shelf panel is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it's made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, we made space between two boards which can be opened using magnetic keys.

When pulled, a secret 23mm thick drawer appears, it is of minimal thickness to store your valuables such as stamps and passbooks.

The impression of the shelf completely changes when its hidden aluminum space is revealed from within the sliced veneer surface.

Principle use: Shelf
Manufacturer: TANSEISHA Co, Ltd.
Material: Aluminium/Board of Japanese Ash/Magnet
Size: W900 x D150 x H34
Design period: 2012.04-06
Production period:: 2012.06-07