Gradient Cabinet by Ka-Lai Chan

Dutch designer Ka-Lai Chan‘s latest work, the Gradient cabinet, holds things you want to display while also being a piece of art in itself.

Cords made from polyester-covered natural latex are wound around the metal frame and become closer together the higher they go, making the objects that are on display partially hidden. The viewer must move their line of sight around the piece to get a better eye on the items placed inside.

From the designer:

“The lines of the cabinet, which move from close to each other to further away are referring to the process of opening yourself to the outer world. Some objects are clearly visible, others (which are higher in the cabinet) require certain effort from the viewer before they can be fully discerned. One can put objects on the higher shelves to partly hide them, while partly showing them. This way you actually take a closer look at the content of the cabinet. Just as in real life, where you have to experience a person for a time to really get to know them.”

Gradient is a limited edition of three and is available through Galerie Judy Straten.

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.