Although there is a difference between key cabinets and key hooks, they share the same primary function, mainly to store one’s keys and ensure their easy retrieval upon departure, and safe deposit upon return.
CrousCalogero’s ‘Crazy head’, manufactured by MYYOUR , is a large playful hook, available in a multitude of bright colours, which was primarily designed to store a motorcycle helmet, but it also features a small, secondary hook onto which keys, either to a motorcycle, or a house, may be hung.
Karim Rashid’s ‘OSKAR’ for B-LINE is a small wall mirror, whose plastic frame protrudes and morphs into a shelf and two key hooks. Charles O. Job’s ‘MIRRORBOX wall mirror’, produced by Schönbuch, is a hybrid design combining a mirror-clad cabinet, with hooks set in a shallow compartment.
Key cabinets also display a range of surprising solutions: from the straightforward ‘SKIP’ by mox, a series of small, wall-mounted containers, to Design Lodge’s ‘Ark key cabinet’ made by Rösthults’, a long triangular prism, which opens up to reveal a column of key hooks inside.
Serafini-manufactured ‘Key Board key cabinet’ is a discreet, square, wall-mounted cabinet, whose door has a blackboard finish, and can be written on with chalk. Lukas Fischer’s ‘Schuhbank’ for Chamëleon Design is a bench, whose seat hides a series of small compartments designed specifically for keys, wallets, mobile phones and other small objects.
And lastly, Dreikant shrinks the key cabinet into a pocket-sized contraption, ‘Locker keyholder’. Made by Utensil, this design arranges keys into a sleeve reminiscent of a folding, multipurpose knife. Another piece that dispenses with a cabinet as well as hooks, is Patrik Svanberg’s ‘Magnetic key rack’ for P.O.M. Stockholm. Instead, the keys are held in place by magnets hidden behind the solid oak board.