These Soft Foam Cabinets are the Funkiest Storage Spaces We’ve Ever Seen

published Sep 6, 2020
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Credit: Dewi van de Klomp

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Dutch designer Dewi van de Klomp created a whimsical soft foam cabinet that bends and forms to adhere to the objects placed on it. The product, simply called Soft Cabinets, came into fruition after van de Klomp stumbled upon some bright pink foam rubber—a product generally used in wall insulation and for cushioning car seats—and “fell in love” with its design possibilities. The result? Two soft foam rubber cabinets in pink and green that morphs in various eccentric directions based on the items placed on it.

The designer wanted to showcase the foam’s “poetic side” and its unique texture and shape. “The foam is a relatively overlooked material even though everybody knows it,” van de Klomp told Dezeen. “With the soft cabinets I aim to increase its perceived value.” She mused that the “cabinets seem almost alive,” “protecting their content while carrying them in their own way, questioning and challenging our vision of strength and resistance and therewith the material used, in a very poetic way.”

Credit: Dewi van de Klomp
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In one photo, several books are placed within the green soft foam cabinet, causing it to droop to the side in an amusing manner. In another, teacups and plates are wedged between the pink soft foam cabinet, the products’ relative lightness allowing the cabinet to remain upright. Produced only by request, each of the cabinets are built by cutting each piece separately via machine, and completed and stacked by hand. While there have been criticisms about its functionality (or lack thereof), van de Klomp maintained that functionality isn’t the most vital aspect in her work.

“Not everyone has to understand or be a fan of my work,” she told Dezeen. “I like to flirt with the boundaries of design. Functionality is not a must. It is about the story that I would like to tell.”