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.

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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