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Make-shift shelving for the home is as popular as ever and even encouraged amongst some trendy circles. They are all the more better if the shelves are both aesthetically pleasing, low cost and good for the environment. It was with this in mind that I stumbled across this make-shift shelving by the British designer Peter Marigold.

The units were originally designed with tenants and apartment dwellers in mind who needed shelving they didn’t have to attach to walls. These are not just shelves but can also be transformed into boxes with which to move house, which adds to the benefit for those who are not in a long-term fixed abode. Not surprisingly, they were inspired by the wood crates we see on a daily basis.

They are made of a polypropylene that can be broken down and reused, and can be wedged into any width of alcove. The units look good and have proved very popular, so much so that Marigold was interviewed in the famous Wallpaper Magazine.

Another of his works, called ‘Prop’, consists of a crate wedged into a corner and which is halfway up a wall, supported only by a pole at an angle, resting on a stick of rice. Ingenious.