Pandora open

Shipping containers have taken on an architectural life of their own in recent years, to the point of (in this case) even inspiring regular-size furniture designs made to resemble their large-scale counterparts and likewise come in a variety of colors and can be placed in numerous configurations.

Pandora closed
Pandora double stacked

While there is something hearty and industrial about these cargo container-shaped storage units by Sander Mulder there is something also slightly excessive about them unless they are meant to provide security. In particular, the use of glass seems inconsistent with the rest of the thick-metal frame.

It’s easy to imagine these fitting into an actual industrial setting, like perhaps a stylish mechanic shop, but they’d be equally at home in all sorts of places, from hipster barbers to colorful contemporary residential renovations of industrial spaces.

Pandora industrial cabinet
Pandora detail

“The original container cabinet, often copied, never matched. This modular container cabinet was inspired by the wonderful colour mosaics that sprout to life in every harbour and container terminal the world around. The individual pieces can be stacked and rotated around in endless (colour-) combinations, to create your personal container terminal for all domestic storage uses.”

“About Sander Mulder: Born in 1978, he started studying design in 1996, sparked by the creativity and ingenuity he displayed as a child. It soon hit home; this would become his life long passion. His successful graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002, resulted in the start-up of his own design studio. His work is a combination of strong lines, subtle details, innovative techniques and bold statements. Archetypes and their interpretation / acceptation by mankind are a never ending source of inspiration.”

Pandora multiple colors

“Because we believe good conceptual skills can be applied to anything, and that new experiences stimulate creativity. Although our studio specializes in furniture, lighting and interior design, we love to work on all kinds of design projects. We are able to develop (your) projects from innovative concept to finished product, while maintaining the highest quality standards.”