Monday, 8 March 2010

Adrian Coen

Joining Superfolk in the ranks of Irish designers in this years Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair was Adrian Coen. Originally from Athlone and now completing his final year of furniture design at HDK Steneby, Adrian exhibited a nicely executed solution to store fresh fruit and veg in the kitchen.

It comprises of an adjustable shelf system with toughened glass and natural jute fabric storage units. The shelves are adjustable, using the wooden pegs that lock in the frame. The glass dishes can be used to create order, storing certain fruit high in ethylene gas such as apples, bananas and tomatoes. Potatoes, onions and garlic prefer dark and airy conditions, and can be kept in the jute bags at the bottom.

A shelf space can be created for larger fruit such as pineapples, melons, pumpkins and squashes. Herbs can be watered in their pots in the glass dish on top. When empty the storage could easily lend itself for other uses - drying canterell mushrooms, airing freshly baked bread, storing spices, glass jars of dried fruits and nuts, rice, beans and lentils - all visually inspiring foodstuffs. A simple solid wooden shelf that locates over the pegs could double as a chopping board. In the end, the user will adapt this tool to their own needs and be the last 'designer'.


(Images courtesy of Adrian Coen)