Peel - Cabinet

  • Peel. 
     
          A cabinet with a unique door opening system, Peel was designed to challenge the way we traditionally interact with furniture in an exciting and satisfying manner. 
  •       At first glance it appears to be a simple, stand alone unit with a unique, decorative pattern carved into the face and sides. The angled lines wrapping around the form are unusual for a traditional piece and entice a sense of curiosity, the need for further investigation. A small, triangular tab protruding from the front appears as though the door has been folded down at one corner, hinting towards something familiar, a conspicuous handle. A small moment of uncertainty arises when the door seems to bend and break as the wooden flap is pulled open. 
     
          With each gentle tug, a new layer peels back and releases from the body. The surface treatment swiftly reveals its true nature. As the segments gently fold, one on top of the other, they are stopped every forty-five degrees by the beveled edges. A small, but functional shelf is revealed in the interior as the door wraps around one side and is held in place by a light magnetic pull. As the sections are softly unraveled from the right side, all seven distorted geometric shapes create a satisfying click as they are pushed back into place on the front of the cabinet. A short, melodic scale is created by the changing tone of each piece as they decrease in size and snap onto the frame.
  • Production.
     
          Peel's body is constructed from white oak while the base is made from stainless steel. The front  of the cabinet is cut into seven parts with a bevel on two sides, each laminated onto a heavy canvas to create a the reverse effect of the familiar tambour door.
  • Inspiration. 
     
         The concept for Peel came from the consideration of surfaces. How can a surface become something unexpected? How would it feel should it bend and break? And how can this become a functional object?