At first the O furniture series by British design studio, JiB, appear to be a lovely but more or less conventional console or credenza, but if you stand over them you see a collection of hand crafted ceramic pots nestled in the sunken top, changing the geometry of the pieces completely. "Handcrafted by a celebrated ceramicist, Sun Kim," specially for this collaboration with JiB, the off-white ceramic vessels are designed to be used as planters or small storage, but we think the arrangement looks best when they have mixed uses - a few for carefully selected tall and low-lying plants, a few for holding house keys, barware or loose change, and a few left empty to balance the composition.
At 100% Design during London Design Festival, Je-Uk Kim, who founded JiB just a few months ago in April 2012, had the two pieces arranged simply, with just a few orchids to keep from distracting from the beauty of the furniture and their unique sunken feature. Of course, their use is entirely up to the user. You could remove them completely, use the space for storing books and scatter the pots around your home. We happen to think filling each planter with soft green moss would set off the white lacquered body unit and the natural oak legs perfectly. The smaller console version has six ceramic pots with wooden lids that are well suited for storing dry goods in the kitchen.
When Perrin isn't scouting the best new design talent for Core77, or working as the Products Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, or writing for Cool Hunting, Design Applause, Print Magazine, Frieze and The Paris Review, she's trying to put her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College to good use.