Archive for March, 2014

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By csc-admin - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

Great Murphy Bed Moments In Film History

By csc-admin - March 13th, 2014

Anyone living in a metropolis has surely noticed a rising trend in recent years: more and more families are moving back into the city. From San Francisco to Washington D.C., we’re seeing huge numbers of people making the trek back into urban centers, driven by everything from employment to culture. As a result of this suburban exodus, space has become a premium in most megacities, with entire architectural movements built around the idea of micro-housing. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve got our own solution for the city dweller looking to squeeze some extra space out of their home or apartment: the Murphy bed. Most folks tend to be familiar with the Murphy bed due to its illustrious and storied career in film and television, showing up in everything from The Three Stooges’ short films to The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  In celebration of this collapsible masterpiece and its cinematic history, we’ve put together a list of three of our favorite Murphy bed starring roles. Read on to find out just how wide-ranging the Murphy bed’s acting chops truly are.

Subub Surprises the Burglar – 1903

Probably the earliest, and easily the most bizarre, cameo made by a Murphy bed comes in the 1903 silent film Subub Surprises the Burglar. It’s easy to think you’re in the midst of a Kenneth Angers picture when watching this surreal early short, which features a black-clad thief attempting to burgle the home of our titular hero, Subub. Things go awry for the dastardly intruder when Subub’s Murphy bed folds up with him inside it, only to reveal that his furniture is equipped with what looks to be six mini-cannons. Needless to say, Subub’s fully-stocked Murphy bed makes short work of the story’s villain, and all is right in this strange corner of the world. Although we can’t recommend building heavy artillery into your wardrobe, we couldn’t help but share this very early, and very odd, look at the Murphy bed’s cinematic debut.

One A.M – 1916

Moving in a slightly less unnerving direction, we come to the master of physical comedy, Charlie Chaplin. This incredible comedic short likely gave rise to the great cinematic trope that is the unruly Murphy bed, and Charlie goes to great lengths to showcase all of the ways you can be squished, smashed, hobbled and prodded by an ill-behaved wall bed. We would like to point out that not all Murphy beds are created equal, and we’re yet to see a Closet and Storage Concepts’ Murphy bed cruelly toy with its owner the way Charlie’s seems to here. Although this short clearly exaggerates many characteristics of the wall bed, it does get one thing right: when you walk into a room with a Murphy bed, you’ll definitely ask yourself, “Where’s the bed?” And that’s a good thing.

The Haunted House – 1929

 Tons of cartoons over the years have featured erratic Murphy beds, and Walt Disney employed the conceit numerous times over the years. This short cartoon, called “The Haunted House,” is easily one of the best examples, and features not only a terrified Mickey Mouse running throughout a dilapidated mansion, but also a full-on ghost and ghoul populated orchestra. As much as the entire cartoon is great, we’re obviously most drawn to the skeleton hiding in the Murphy bed. You probably won’t find a full set of bones stashed away in your wall bed anytime soon, but you’re sure to have as much fun transforming your space with a Closet and Storage Concepts Murphy bed as the phantoms in this carton have serenading Mickey with their eerie sounds.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we install incredibly cool Murphy beds and storage solutions for all kinds of spaces and needs. Our wall beds may not come fortified with anti-burglar systems, and you probably won’t find the undead in any of our stores, but we always offer the best in home organization systems. Contact us today to find the perfect fix for all your storage needs!

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