A Childhood Toy Inspired Cabinet by Shigeki Yamamoto
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The Play Cabinet 2017, by Berlin-based designer Shigeki Yamamoto, feels like a mix between Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys, but a sophisticated, life-size version for adults. Inspired by childhood memories playing with building blocks, the cabinet is composed of perforated wooden strips joined with a plug and screw connection.

Starting back to one of his first projects, Yamamoto developed the connection method as a way to allow for adjustments and reconfigurations simply by switching to another hole. That same freedom applies to this cabinet where spaces are intentionally left for moments of inspiration. While the components are simple, the cabinet grew more complex as pieces were added, resulting in an intricate sculpture that also houses your special objects.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.