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Every little helps Swiss start-up everythings invents and develops high-quality furniture objects for everyday use. These not only look stylish, but also solve several sustainability, functionality and logistic problems at once. TEXT: SONJA IRANI I PHOTOS: EVERYTHINGS GMBH
“The problems that people face in everyday life are our biggest inspiration,” says Nicolas Haeberli, founder of everythings. “These days, there are many environmental, social and economic problems. everythings won’t be able to solve them all, but we believe that everyone can make a contribution.” For example, with everythings’ BlockBox® – a cleverly designed nine-piece lightweight shelf system made from sustainable materials, can be combined for many different uses and transported with ease thanks to being stored in a handy suitcase. “The suitcase weighs just 11 kilogrammes,” explains Haeberli, who is the inventor of the BlockBox®. “That’s super practical, for example if you move house. Furthermore, there is no complicated assembly because the parts can just be stacked into, above or next to each other. Thus, the BlockBox® can be any kind of furniture you want it to be: a sideboard, a wall unit, a book shelf 14 | Issue 47 | February 2017
and much more.” Plus, the BlockBox® is made of almost 100 per cent kraft paper – a material that is both renewable and recyclable.“If you don’t want to use it anymore, the BlockBox® can be easily disposed as cardboard waste so that a new BlockBox® can be made from it,” says Haeberli. The other simple, but ground-breaking everythings invention is the so-called Kisten-Trolley®, or box trolley in English. “Before, there was the box and there was the trolley. At everythings, those two got married and created something completely new,” says Haeberli about the rolling boxes system, initially invented as a mobile kitchen. “The boxes are stacked upon each other and at the same time attached to the trolley. If needed, the user can easily unlock this attachment.” Made from renewable and recyclable wood and steel, the box trolley is strong and durable, can be easily repaired and customised according to specific needs.
Both the BlockBox® and the KistenTrolley® can be ordered via the company’s website or purchased from various retail outlets listed on the website. Since the Swiss company has a warehouse in Germany, European customers will receive their products from the EU. www.everythings.ch www.blockbox.ch The BlockBox®