In Praise of Boxes

A common description for design is that it is 'outside the box'. Poor box! To be unfairly cast as the benchmark for mediocrity!

A box is not the best container for every object, but nearly every object can be stored in one. What is more efficient than a box? What has more potential for simple elegance, material economy, or facade experimentation?

To think about the box can be just as exhilarating as thinking outside the box.

Simple plywood box made with 9 cuts on a table saw

Plywood chair with planes at 6 degrees

Storage boxes on casters can be arranged as benches or even a bed

A piano hinge allows the table top to lift up...

Revealing storage space within the depth