Nika Zupanc designs a tower of drawers for storing keepsakes

Tower Cabinet by Nika Zupanc

One hundred and forty four small white drawers make up this cylindrical cabinet by Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc.

Made from CNC-cut plywood with small ball-shaped brass handles, the drawers that wrap around the Tower cabinet are designed to store small objects collected by the owner.

Tower Cabinet by Nika Zupanc

“The Tower cabinet is a sort of a memory box, an enchanting take on the chest of drawers,” Zupanc told Dezeen.

“It is inspired by all the small things that seem unimportant from the outside, but are at the same time an essence part our inner world, a silent witness of our past and our daily life memories.”

“We tend to get, have, buy and collect through our lives a number of small objects,” she continued. “Some of them we use, some of them we don’t but want to keep them.”

Tower Cabinet by Nika Zupanc

Providing a place to store these collected items, the jewellery-box-sized drawers are slotted into a framework of plywood plates and mounted on six metal legs to create the two-metre-high cylindrical tower.

“One iconic shape gently transforms into something else and this is giving this object an aura of illusion and unexpected twist,” said Zupanc.

“All the drawers are made with a CNC machine to get exactly into the right place; basically it is made using only mathematics and a great machine work.”

Tower Cabinet by Nika Zupanc

Zupanc is based in Ljubljana, and has previously created furniture for , Moooi and Qeeboo.

Earlie this year, she was one of seven female designers asked to create furniture with “strong emotional allure” for Italian metal brand De Castelli. Her response was similar to the Tower cabinet – a “cabinet of wishes” featuring a grid of 16 small doors in a variety of copper finishes, which could be unlocked with golden keys.

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