How to Organize? A system for storing and organising small spaces
As part of the CTCC (Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation) project, a team from the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia developed, in collaboration with ORPLAST, a traditional company, and KABO&PYDO - design studio, a system for storing and organizing small spaces consisting of a set of boxes of different sizes.
The main design challenge during the work was how we can help users of small spaces (apartments, offices), to sort and divide their belongings, organize and clean the space around them, using environmentally friendly and sustainable products.
Before the work began, a survey was conducted among users about what they thought of reusable boxes and their purpose. After analyzing the results, it became clear that a system for storing and organizing small spaces should consist of a set of boxes of different sizes. The new product line should be an alternative to the unattractive products that are currently on the market. The product should also be designed to allow for clever and quick organization of space and should be aesthetically pleasing.
In order to bring more environmentally friendly products to the market, it was crucial to create a system that could be developed and expanded in the future. Therefore, out of concern for the highest quality of the product and its versatile application a multidisciplinary design team was formed: ORPLAST - Łukasz Szejbut Chief Design Officer Traditional Company, KABO&PYDO - Katarzyna Borkowska and Tomasz Pydo Product & Design Studio, creative company and from PPNT Gdynia | Centrum Designu Paulina Kisiel as Design Management CTCC Creative Broker.
The team determined that the containers made of eco-friendly material were to include:
Sizes and variants: XXL / XL / L / M / S
Stackable for transport
Aesthetic, sculptural and decorative interior
Practical application – adaptable to many dome and office spaces.
Collaborative design work resulted in 6 concepts with different shapes and features. Selected of them have: storage properties (when closed, they can be stacked on top of each other, first to fit into larger ones). The material chosen for production is Biocomposite – resins are PLA based on starch (produced from responsibly grown sugar cane and sugar beet, among other things), reinforced with industrial hemp. It is a biocompostable material.
The collaborative prototype has helped to strengthen sustainability and the circular economy and has enabled the launch of a product line for organizing objects in a new way – not as products in themselves, but as a system – containers as an organization and storage system.