Archive for December, 2013

A Look into the Home of the Future

By csc-admin - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

The Closet Personality Test: What Does Your Closet Say About You?

By csc-admin - December 19th, 2013

Closet Designs Organization Systems

There are a million and one personality tests floating around out there, with nearly all of them claiming to be definitive. While we may not be trained in Freudian psychoanalysis or Jungian archetypes, we can tell you one thing from experience: a person’s closet says a lot about them, and a look into this often sacred space can reveal quite a bit about someone’s habits, passions, and inclinations. We’ve put together a handful of typical closet scenarios and have paired them with the personality types most commonly associated with them. We encourage you to take a peek into your own closet before reading through to see just how accurate we’ve been with our assessment, and let us know in the comments if we’re on track or off the rails.

The Romantic

The most obvious sign that you’re dealing with a Romantic personality type is the copious amounts of nostalgia hanging around. The Romantic probably doesn’t keep the most organized closet, as they’re never able to throw anything even slightly meaningful away. It’s a safe bet to assume there’s a giant box of old love letters stuck in the corner, as well as a huge stack of T-shirts the Romantic hasn’t worn since high school but just can’t seem to part with. Every Christmas card Grandma ever sent, every baseball jersey they wore in Little League, and a binder full of old concert ticket stubs is sure to be found somewhere in the confines of the Romantic’s veritable time capsule of a closet.  If you’re ever helping the Romantic move or organize, make sure not to throw anything away without asking first: you can never be sure just what they’ve been saving from that date they had freshman year of college.

The Idealist

The Idealist is described by most psychologists as introspective, feeling, and optimistic. We all have family and friends that fit into this category, and it’s fairly easy to imagine what their closets would like. Well organized is probably a given, as most Idealists tend to be of the scheduling variety according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. It’s probably safe to assume that the Idealist’s closet places an emphasis not only on the things they need immediately at hand, but also items they’re hoping they might get to use sometime soon. So, the Idealist might have a bathing suit hanging around towards the front of their closet even in February, or their soccer cleats washed and ready to go even though they haven’t played since high school. Throw in an inspirational poster or two hung on the doors, maybe next to a picture of their personal hero, and you’ve got a closet typical of someone with an Idealist streak in them.

The Artist

Surely we’re all familiar with this entry on our list. The Artist’s closet shows little to no organization to the average person, but ask about it and the Artist is quick to assure you there’s some kind of system. Much like the Romantic, very little tends to get thrown away, just in case someone someday wants to release that seldom heard demo of psychedelic polka music the Artist crafted ten years ago. Another tell-tale sign you’ve got an Artist on your hands is a lack of matching socks sitting aside a giant pile of band t-shirts, because, according to the Artist, only “the man” matches clothes. Although the Artist may seem to lack much organization, make sure not to move anything in their closet, as you’re sure to have problems if suddenly their favorite Bauhaus shirt isn’t in its usual spot.

The Social Butterfly

Our last personality type, the Social Butterfly’s closet is an essential part of his or her daily experience. A look inside will surely display a number of tells, from the mountain of different shoes (every occasion calls for the perfect pair) to the variety of clothes. There are shirts for going out in, workout gear for sports and the gym, business suits, travel luggage, snow gear for the winter time, and a plethora of different accents perfect for every occasion. The Social Butterfly isn’t necessarily known to be well organized, but when you have one of everything for every occasion, it can be hard to keep a system in line. Whether it’s the dead of night or 6 AM on a Sunday morning, the Social Butterfly has to be ready for whatever event springs up on their calendar, requiring a heavily stocked closet with as many options as possible.  If you always keep a pair of hiking boots in between your ballet slippers and your ice skates, it’s probably safe to assume you may just be a Social Butterfly yourself.

Although this list only scratches the surface of what a closet can say about its owner, we hope it gives you a good idea about what your things, and the way you keep them, may say about you. And remember, if you’re ever in need of a better way to organize all those old high school jerseys or your stack of paintings from that De Kooning phase you had, Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you choose and install the perfect closet system, whether you’re a Social Butterfly, Idealist, or somewhere in between.

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