Take a complete cube, remove two sides and break the remaining four into a pair of perpendicular surfaces … and voila, you have yourself a nifty adjustable light box. Of course, those things are easier to explain after the difficult design work has been done.

The LichtKiste from German creator Clemens Tiss is as simple as it sounds, with a power cord and bulb to complete the project. The top piece doubles nicely as a side table; tucking in the sides makes for a handy shelving area as well.

A ‘stack light’ variant to the core ‘light box’ involves a similar subtractive process with a little additional complexity.

And just to round things out – one can apply the same principles to a flexible shelving unit system. The designer’s choice to present results in a series of rows and columns is key to communicating the point as well: that anything is possible.