Ana Lisa

Paul Heijnen's Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

by , 06/28/13

Paul Heijnen, Construction Cabinet , Collaboration O design, Design Academy of Eindhoven, hidden mechanism, craftsmanship, green furniture, Recycled Materials

Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Paul Heijnen‘s Construction Cabinet wears its hinges and supports on the outside, exposing the beauty of mechanisms that are usually concealed. The inside-out double cupboard was prototyped using wood from an old factory’s floorboards, and the finished model is made from stronger local woods like red cedar, oak or recycled plywood.

Paul Heijnen, Construction Cabinet , Collaboration O design, Design Academy of Eindhoven, hidden mechanism, craftsmanship, green furniture, Recycled MaterialsPhoto © Paul Heijnen

Paul Heijnen‘s Construction Cabinet forges a strong connection between the inside and outside. The usually hidden opening mechanisms, hinges and frames are proudly exhibited in this intricately crafted piece of furniture

A member of the Collaboration O design collective in Eindhoven, Heijnen believes that his inside-out approach improves the connection between a product and its user, creating a strong bond that will last over time. Heijnen has also used this construction system to create smaller cabinets and even a chandelier – and he expects to develop additional projects in the coming year. We can’t wait to see more!

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Lead photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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