By Beth Carter
Posting in Design
The Corner Ladder takes space-saving design to the next level by tucking away neatly.
Designing for space efficiency has become more and more popular as the world moves closer together and finding space for every day items becomes more difficult. I personally do not possess enough space in my apartment for a kitchen table or a desk, and I often concern myself with how to make the most with what I have.
Another issue involving space for those of us who live or work in cramped spaces, is that we frequently have to store things far above our heads, and even foldable ladders seem clunky and cumbersome, taking up the space that we work so hard to save.
A wonderful new design, sure to help make life easier around the house, office or studio (or even taken out on the job) is the Corner Ladder, by Barcelona designers Company and Company. The ladder tucks away into a corner, and could be employed usefully by so many different people.
"Our homes are getting smaller and we have less storing space," say the designers. "The project comes from the need to simplify an every day object to a minimum. A ladder is a domestic standard tool that is rarely used . The idea was to be able to fit it in any corner, so as to simplify and increase its use and basic operation."
Company and Company's video presentation of the Corner Ladder:
Images: Company & Company
May 15, 2012
nice article. How about getting the same ladder in fiberglass ? Fiberglass ladders are strong and sturdy. Most important these ladders are light weighted. You can check it out here http://www.chiefladders.com.au
It appears that so far this is a design exercise, as it is constructed of beechwood, brass hardware, and string (!), and there seems to be no production model or manufacturer. It's a clever idea, but would have to be fabricated in heavy aluminum, carbon fiber or fiberglass with steel hardware in order to have enough strength to qualify as an OSHA Type I, I-A or I-AA ladder (250, 300 & 350 lb. load-rated).
Interesting concept. Typical "designer" problem. Choice of materials doesn't reflect the rapid loss of structural strength of most thermo-plastics over even short time periods - especially with and accelerated by UV exposure. Aluminum or fiberglass would correct this.
Great idea...but I have the same concern as bb_apptix. What is its weight capacity? If its at least 250#, I'll buy it! Less, both it and I collapse into a heap on the floor.
I was wondering the same thing and found this link. http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/05/08/a-ladder-to-love/