Pedestals are small cabinets of stacked drawers, though nowadays, any small, standalone cabinet can be considered a pedestal. Pedestals make incredibly practical personal storage spaces, and it is up to the user to determine their form: a sublime sculpture, suited to an executive office; or a down-to-earth, colourful trolley for a creative, dynamic workfloor? The possibilities are almost endless…
For instance, Joe Colombo’s minimalist ‘RING’ pedestal for B-Line is a prism featuring two compartments with large, circular openings, while Setsu and Shinobu Ito’s ‘kaar’ by spHaus stacks a rotating, plywood, lacquered, open shelf on top of another one. Maarten van Severen’s ‘MVS RFC93’ by Lensvelt is an austere, angular pedestal with drawers of different sizes made of sandblasted aluminium.
Fritz Haller’s and Paur Schrärer’s 1965 ‘USM Modular Furniture Haller’ range, which includes several variations of castor mounted pedestals, features a modular, steel-rod exoskeleton filled in with colourful infill panels. Manufactured by USM, it ranks among the classics of office furniture design. Flöttoto’s ‘Profilsystem’ collection is similar, though here the construction is made soley from wood, whereas Jurg Steiner’s and Dirk Uptmoor’s steel ‘Rox 2 Roller Container 22910’ pedestal for System 180 has rough, scaffolding-like joints.
Jean Louis Iratzoki’s ‘Eneko’ pedestal by Famo is a pared down cabinet with an outer aluminium shell and wooden fronts, mounted on large castors whereas Unifor’s ‘LessLess’, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is a sober storage unit with a single front which slides open to reveal several, internal drawers and an upholstered pad on the top, making it suitable as an impromptu seat.
Finally, Haworth’s ‘C3’ series of pedestals features rather tall, castor-mounted cabinets with handles, so that they can also be used as trolleys. Stephen Boltz’s and Valentin Hartmann’s ‘bordbar soccer edition’ by bordbar is one of their many whimsical designs resembling airline food trolleys and includes a small foosball game on top. Finally, Konstantin Grcic’s ‘GO’ pedestal, produced by Authentics, consists of a slim, metal rod trolley and colourful polypropylene drawers, which is just as home in an office, studio or a children’s room.