"Design should be like buttons on a shirt," said Danish industrial designer and architect Knud Holscher. "With character to catch your attention, but no more so than you can use it without thinking about it."
Something that 92-year-old Holscher and his wife Henny regularly use, in the home he designed in their native Denmark, are his Roller Cabinets. Designed in the 1970s as room dividers and storage objects for offices, they were reinvigorated in the last decade, marketed for domestic use.
"The Roller Cabinet can be fitted with a hanger bar and/or shelves and is thus suited for many different purposes," writes manufacturer A. Petersen. "The cabinet offers a flexible storage space, where kitchen utensils, coffee cups or shirts can be put away and brought out, as needed. In the newer acrylic version, the cabinet is intended to be used for books, as shop décor, for ceramics, as a drinks cabinet and whatever else one might want to display."
"'It's funny to think that the cabinets caused such a stir with the older generation in the businesses that had them installed, just because their shape was a little different. We also used them in our own drawing studio,' says Knud Holscher, who continues: 'But even though they were intended for office use, Henny and I have used the cabinets in the kitchen all these years, and we think they work really well for storing kitchen utensils and spices, so I think it's great that others can now enjoy the cabinet in their own home.'"
The cabinets are available in Oregon-Pine-veneered plywood or acrylic. Previously they were also offered in aluminum composite (you can see one such unit in the photos of the Holscher kitchen) but that option was no longer offered at press time.
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