clopen shelf doubles as a secret drawer by torafu architects
clopen shelf doubles as a secret drawer by torafu architects 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

  • Beautiful says:
  • It \’was\’ a secret drawer.. Burglar #1 to burglar #2; \”Just rip it off the wall.\”

    Jim C says:
  • Excuse me this was just presented on Designboom last year by someone else

    charles says:
  • Charles the like you provide is a completely different design. Much more complicated and “dare I say” obvious. I like the much cleaner, make that much much cleaner, design.

    Tracy says:
  • Is this available for purchase? I agree with Tracy on the clean cut design approach versus the latter.

    Lee says:
  • nice mounting hardware, and the magnetic “pulls” are a novel solution – now if they could just be integrated into the overall design instead of needing to be “brought to” it – some sort of a detail where they are stored in a manner where their use isn’t obvious

    overall, it reminds me of the Japanese “puzzle boxes” – when I was a child we had a couple that my father had brought from Japan and they always fascinated me

    dbkii says:
  • I always liked the idea of a shelf with hidden drawer. About five years ago I made an attempt to create one. However I did not have a background in the right discipline to execute it.
    Seeing this design I must admit it is far superior then what I had in mind. Well done!
    Hope this will be available for purchase in the near future.

    Airborne says:
  • Hope this will be available for purchase in the near future too! love it!

    Arturo says:
  • One a desk, ones a shelf. Sorta different. The magnetic keys seem a little over the top, I could see this even being more streamlined and presented better. But very nice for now.

    gimmy says:
  • Where can I buy it?

    gurgurgur says:
  • Great idea, but the manufactuer makes it impossible to buy..

    jim says:
  • Been looking for ages, where can i order one from? Please could you send me the costs and when they are available In South Africa?

    Taryn Macdonald says:
  • Where can I buy clopen shelf?In Italy

    Corrado says:
  • i wanna buy. please contact me a.s.a.p.
    is there a dealer in germany?

    dirk edelmann says:

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