decor, inspiration

Off the Rails

Micky Hoyle

A common problem for small apartments is the lack of cupboard space, but the good news is that there are alternative ways to store your clothes and accessories. The rails and furniture you see above are great solutions, and they can look seriously stylish too. insitu DE 1 The Professor Seagull bench (above, and front left in the main image), which first launched at 100% Design South Africa and is part of a limited edition range, is the perfect modular multi-purpose storage item. A black steel frame holds a natural stone inlay and a slab of American white oak.  These natural materials, together with the candy floss pink wheels and the beautifully poised hat stand, make the bench as much of a statement piece as it is a storage unit. Pair it with black and white architectural elements and pops of colour for a playful, post-modern look and feel. The bench is available from Douglas and Company for R12 000.   insitu DE2 Living in an industrial city apartment can be super chic but also super tricky when it comes to storage. The Industrial Clothing Rail from Weylandts (above, and front right in the main image), which is made from iron pipes and finished with burnt lacquer, takes its inspiration from the sort of iron clothing racks used in factories of yore for workers to hang their coats on. Pair this iron maiden with exposed brick and cement finishes for an uber industrial feel. The cost is R2 795. insitu DE3 The Delicious Pink Chest (above, and back far right), with its multi-purpose drawers and wheels for easy moving, is a great storage solution for those folded cardigans and socks. It forms part of the Play Play furniture collection that is the result of a collaboration between Renee Rossouw and De Steyl. It's made from birch plywood and is available from Stable for R10 150. insitu mono The Contemporary Clothing Rail from Mono (above, and back left in the main image) provides a striking open wardrobe solution. With its cream finish and simple lines and curves, the rail boasts a sleek Scandi look and can sit beautifully in a corner, adorned with your favourite wardrobe pieces. Pair it with natural wooden textures and a monochromatic colour palette for a Scandi aesthetic. It's available at the Mono Online Shop for R1 950.   Insitu3 This clever rail from Custom Living features hanging space for shirts and dresses, a top shelf for accessories and a hinged flap-down box at the bottom for all those things you want to store out of sight. The solid unit is made from galvanised steel piping and pine with castor wheels so that it's mobile. It retails for R4 100. For more information visit or contact 021-447-2077 . insitu

Obelisk, an enchanting store based in the Cape Quarter shopping centre in Cape Town's De Waterkant, specialises in antiques and collectibles and has turned this vintage traveling trunk into a fabulous wardrobe unit. Full of character, the trunk features built-in drawers and hangers, which provide the perfect home for smalls and accessories, and it even comes with a key for safe keeping. Price is available on request. For more information contact 083-718-1984.