Shelving on Demand: Modular Ledges Flip Up & Down

Empty shelves can look strange or sad, leading us to try and fill them up … sometimes too fast. The solution? Modular fold-down wall shelves.

These work for books, but are more meant for odds and ends or decorative touches – the quick-but-temporary cleanup we do from time to time between bigger organizational efforts or the elements we want to show off.

Eeva Lithovius suggests that the shelf can serve as a kind of “chaos meter” reflecting its capacity quite openly and letting you know when it might be time to get more shelving … or to toss some things out.

Reversible Interior Shelf Fits Both Inside & Outside Corners

Versatility meets simplicity in this dual-mode shelving object constructed quite simply from two-by-fours and requiring little more than a chop saw (for 45- and 90-degree cuts) and a hammer to build, for the DIY-inclined.

Titled Kulma (the Finnish word for corner), this piece was designed by Martina Carpelan, whose “goal as a designer is to bring function, esthetics and timelessness together, “reflecting her “great interest in observing the everyday, her surroundings and behavior.”