Kulma inner corner shelf

You know what we need more of? Simple things that really work. There’s a lot of unnecessary complexity in the world. Why not scale back where we can without sacrificing aesthetics?

Versatility meets simplicity in this dual-mode shelving object constructed quite simply from two-by-fours and requiring little more than a chop saw (for 45- and 90-degree cuts) and a hammer to build, for the DIY-inclined.

Kulma outer corner shelf

Titled Kulma (the Finnish word for corner), this piece was designed by Martina Carpelan, whose “goal as a designer is to bring function, esthetics and timelessness together, “reflecting her “great interest in observing the everyday, her surroundings and behaviour.”

Rise and Sigh bed linen

Her other clever creations include bed linens that leave the impressions of words on you for when you wake, shoe shelves, moose mats (don’t ask!) and even her very own typeface.

KULMA: Framing shelf. Kulma, corner in Finnish, is a shelf to be hanged either in a positive or a negative corner of a room. The idea is to utilize and highlight both the space within the shelf and the corner surrounding the shelf. Size: H 250mm, W 420mm, D 250mm. Material: Solid oak, hand-made in Finland. Produced by Martina Carpelan, designed together with Hong Ngo in 2006.”

“Martina was born in 1979 in Vasa on the west coast of Finland. Her own studio, founded in 2009, focuses mainly on product design but also on interior design, graphic work and unconventional concept generation. Having lived, worked and studied in Vasa, London, Oslo and now Helsinki Martina holds an international approach to design and life in general.”

“Her goal as a designer is to bring function, esthetics and timelessness together. Martina’s great interest in observing the everyday, her surroundings and behaviour of people inspires her and gives her work an identity and a reason to be. Martina dreams about qualitative rather than quantitative consumption and the open sea.”