Totem. Designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Pastoe.
Van Duysen built his reputation as an architect with "modest buildings with clear forms and subtle contrasts... solid concrete wall are given large windows, which make the structure appear fragile. Soft materials like timber and textile are mixed with robust natural stone." A similar aesthetic is certainly on display with Pastoe Totem. In fact, the linear aspect of the piece references commercial architecture, while the high, wide openings and slender sidewalls recall Van Duysen's penchant for opening up the solid walls of his structures with oversized windows. Of Course, all that negative space is purely utilitarian with Pastoe Totem, since the niches beg to be filled with the personal items that make a good design one's own.
Pastoe Totem's broad choice of colors and finishes enables further personalization in this regard. The modular, stackable aspect of the piece contributes here as well. As Van Duysen remarks, layouts can be conceived, assembled, and taken down, all within a matter of minutes. The free-standing nature of the cabinet is also noteworthy. Designed to take "an autonomous place in the interior," Pastoe Totem is--like its namesake--a potent and highly-visible structure in the domestic landscape: "Just like a building in a city, you can look at it from all sides and walk around it." And keep your clothes in it to boot!