clopen shelf doubles as a secret drawer by torafu architects
aug 20, 2012
clopen shelf doubles as a secret drawer by torafu architects


‘clopen’ by torafu architects
image © yosuke owashi

japanese firm torafu architects have conceived ‘clopen’, a shelf that doubles as a streamlined drawer. the slender 34mm thick panel
is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, clad with sliced veneer to looks as if the piece is fabricated from natural wood.
‘clopen’ is able to be opened with magnetic keys, and when pulled, a secret 23mm thick drawer is revealed.
the design is able to store compact precious belongings such as passports, jewelry and other valuables for discrete and furtive storage.


the slender 34mm thick aluminum panel is clad with sliced veneer to looks as if the piece is fabricated from natural wood
image © yosuke owashi


the design can store precious belongings
image © yosuke owashi


the product as a shelf
image © yosuke owashi


installing ‘clopen’
image © yosuke owashi


a 23mm thick drawer is revealed when opened
image © yosuke owashi


the design looks like an ordinary shefl
image © yosuke owashi


‘clopen‘ uses magnetic keys
image © yosuke owashi

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