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

    www.designcoholic.com 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
    https://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/16670/daniel-schofield-shifty-at-designersblock-2011.html

    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
    Thanks

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

    dirk edelmann says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

design news