Whether you’re a maximalist who likes to keep their treasures on display or a minimalist who prefers everything to be tucked away behind closed doors, good storage is fundamental to a well-functioning space. Combining style with clever solutions for every room of your home, our pick of the best new pieces covers free-standing investment pieces, wall-mounted designs, modular systems, small-space wonders and affordable hacks. So go forth and address your mess.
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The latest series by Beirut-based design studio Borgi Bastormagi rethinks the corner in a bid to ‘utilise those tricky spots that are forgotten and wasted in a home’. Its ‘Shaping 90’ collection aims to enhance dead spaces via three corner hugging pieces intended for daily use, including the ‘Fillet’ steel and walnut shelving unit. £1,765, borgibastormagi.com
Norse Interiors’ new ‘Cane’ collection of doors cleverly disguise Ikea’s bestselling ‘Besta’ storage system, transforming the off-the-peg range into chic, bespoke-looking units. Featuring eco-friendly canework panels, the fronts come in nine colourways and two sizes, giving customers more scope to personalise their storage to suit their space. From £100, norseinteriors.com
As vinyl junkies will attest, finding elegant and practical record storage is no mean feat. Enter For the Record, a new brand headed up by two avid collectors that offers an alternative to Ikea or expensive bespoke units. Made from birch shelves and aluminium panels, the sturdy design is modular, therefore grows with your collection. Plus, it comes with categorisation tabs to keep everything in order. From approx £340 fortherecord.eu
Picking up where its 2019 debut collection left off, Kam Ce Kam’s latest pieces employ traditional Indian craftsmanship to contemporary effect. Black and natural ash-framed rattan takes a starring role in the form of the ‘Aaram’ reversible shelves, lending spaces an airy feel. From £270, kamcekam.com
Although made in Italy, Minotti’s latest collection is a global affair, calling on designers and influences from as far afield as Japan, Denmark and Brazil. Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based practice headed up by Marcio Kogan, has created the ‘Boteco’ (which means bar in English) family of sideboards and coffee tables. Playing with layers of materials, the sideboards marry dark-stained oak with seductive Sahara Noir marble. From £19,794, minotti.com
The designer-maker firm, Jan Hendzel Studio, responsible for the finely crafted furniture in some of the country’s coolest spots, from members’ hotel Birch to Hackney Wick eatery Silo, has carved a niche for itself as the design industry’s go-to for innovative bespoke woodwork. ‘Bowater’ is the studio’s first full furniture collection and is a showcase of its unique, sculptural style. Comprising nine pieces made from British timbers, the range includes playful details such as oversized turned handles and rippled surfaces. Sideboard, £3,900, janhendzel.com
Danish brand Montana is known for its colourful modular storage systems, so its new collaboration with Swedish photographer and colourist Tekla Evelina Severin is a stroke of genius. Severin has introduced two on-trend colours to the brand’s palette: pastel ‘Iris’ and earthy ‘Masala’, which are available to mix and match on the ‘Montana Free’ collection of shelving units, which come in various sizes and dimensions. From £1,568 montanafurniture.com
Starting your own cellar is never a bad idea and Mowat & Company’s clever modular wine rack for Very Good & Proper is an elegant solution for homes short on space. Borrowing a trick from professional wine cellars, little wooden wedges keep bottles of all shapes and sizes in place, while its stackable design means expanding your stores is as simple as placing another unit on top. £90 verygoodandproper.shop
Canadian designer Thom Fougere founded his eponymous Winnipeg studio in 2015 with the aim of investigating how we live and interact with objects in the home. His latest collection, created exclusively for Toronto lifestyle store Mjolk, is an ode to slow, subtle design and craftsmanship. It includes the ‘Tambour’ cabinet, a handcrafted solid oak unit with sliding doors that wrap around the back providing a 'tactile and auditory’ experience. Approx £3,704, mjolk.ca
Founded in 1931 by English entrepreneurs Jack and Molly Pritchard and Canadian architect Wells Coates, Isokon Plus – originally named ‘Isokon’ – was an early proponent of plywood, making chairs, tables, storage and accessories out of the new laminate material. Only 15 of the brand's 'Gull' book stands were made before WWII halted production, but the design has recently been made available again. Crafted from birch ply in London, it can be mounted to the wall or placed on a table or desk. £162, isokonplus.com
The monolithic ‘Florens’ sideboard is Italian design duo Oscar and Gabriele Buratti’s first piece for furniture brand Lema. Ensuring nothing detracts from the beautiful grain of its sleek treated-oak doors, a concealed bronze-painted groove in the top acts as a handle, while hidden joints accentuate its seamless look from every angle. From £6,500, lema-uk.com