The Butler (Home Organizer/Wall Clock) by Curtis Micklish
2012 - 2013, Silver A' Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award Winner
The main inspiration for this piece came from the frustration I have with not finding my go-to items, as well as the general messiness they seem to create as they previously had no real home within the home, unlike most other things in the home. I enjoy finding a unique function within the design so the Butler was no exception.
It seems like at least once a week you can’t find your keys, or wallet, or …, so the Butler was created in an attempt to resolve this predicament. This design is made to fit your wallet and keys in the top sleeve, your iphone on the side slot with a concealed space for your charging cord, and glasses/hat/scarf or whatever other go-to item on the slide out walnut piece. The backside includes a routed out section for your charging cord as well as an extension cord in case your mounting area on the wall is not next to a outlet.
Design Challenges
The creative challenge was figuring out how to put 5 different things in one fairly hidden place, and mainitaining an organized and minimalistic aesthetic. How can you group these things together in a place that actually would be pleasing to the eye?
Production Technology
This piece is handmade by myself using a combination of baltic birch plywood and Black Walnut. One of the main concentrations I had when designing this piece was to ensure it would work with the constantly changing iphone dimensions. With than in mind, the height can vary from version to version on an iphone, but the width changes frequently, so integrating the sliding piece allows it to fit and work linearly for years to come, with which ever version phone you have.
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