Sleek European-style shelving units are undeniably sophisticated. But maybe they lack soul, or at least a bit of the human touch. Beyond that, most use wall standards or another type of vertical support for the shelving, limiting both functionality and aesthetics. Enter Henrybuilt and the company’s new Opencase shelving system.
Over the last decade or so, the Seattle-based firm has been making a name for itself with its kitchen and whole-house furniture and storage. Now, the design minds there have turned their attention to multifunctional storage, creating a system that combines an innovative approach to design with good looks.
One of the most compelling features of the new system is its adaptability. Need something for your entryway, library, office, wine storage area, pantry (the list is endless)? Opencase offers starting point configurations for these spaces. As needs evolve, though, elements can be easily added or subtracted via an interchangeable system of steel rod supports, which make up the backbone of the system.
Beyond customizing the system’s components, you can also customize the look. The panels come in a range of woods, high-pressure laminate and aluminum—something to fit pretty much every bill. Components come in steel, wood and leather, along with some made of composites. There’s even a collection of softgoods that provide a textural counterpoint to the solid surfaces while filling the need for laundry and recycling containers. Though chic and simple, the overall feel of the Opencase system is warm and user-friendly.
“True luxury continues to be defined by products that are highly functional, impeccably crafted, and tailored specifically to the needs of the individual client,” says Scott Hudson, Henrybuilt’s CEO and Founder. “This is our goal with Opencase.”