There are certain pieces of furniture which, although they may be necessary, don’t necessarily warrant a starring place in the home. Exercise equipment and storage furniture are near the top of the list, often being relegated to the dark recesses of closets and basements. Design collective PostFossil has made these objects of shame into beautifully designed objects of desire.

PostFossil’s sports furniture collection is an abstract set of workout tools that, when not in use, look a lot like other things. That chin-up bar looks an awful lot like a clothing rack and the sit-up/weight bench is quite a cute little table or stool. The designs are very pared down and made of unexpected materials – unexpected in the realm of exercise equipment, anyway.

Shoes Books and a Bike is a piece of storage furniture unlike any other piece of storage furniture. Instead of hiding away the shoes, books and bike belonging to its owner, the piece puts them on display. The bike takes center stage, being allowed out of the garage and into the living space in a place of honor. Both projects seem to send the message that health and fitness are activities to be celebrated, not hidden away out of sight and, all too often, out of mind.