My name is Matt Allison.
I go by many titles with over a decade of experience in the design industry with my work being featured in lifestyle publications like Home, House & Leisure, Elle Decoration, VISI, Real Estate, Good Taste & The Sunday Times.
My approach to interior design & styling is clean and minimal. I believe that creating livable spaces involve equal parts simplicity and functionality.
This blog shares my love of Scandinavian design and its use of light, form and natural materials.
Thank you for visiting.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Images by Matt Allison
‘Everything in its right place’, Radiohead couldn’t have said it better, and what better way to stay organized than with a set of modular storage boxes that grow with you!
Inspired by simple modular Noridic designs I set out to make a series of boxes that I could use as a modern shelving/storage unit.
I chose to work with readily available 18mm pine plywood, it’s easy to use, looks great and is cost-effective.
I was able to make 10 boxes out of 2 standard sheets with a few offcuts for less than the cost of one of the commercial Nordic offerings.
I chose to make up three different sizes boxes 18x30cm, 30x30xm and 30x60cm. Below I’ll show you how to assemble a box, one of the 18x18x30cm ones, but the principle is the same irrespective of the size.
So let’s get started!
Supplies needed: 1 x 336mm x 180mm piece of 18mm ply (the extra 36mm is to accommodate the 18mm thicknesses of adjoining sides), 2 x 180mm x 180mm pieces of 18mm ply, 2 x 300mm x 180mm pieces of 18mm ply, Plascon paints in Cashmere or Double Velvet, several rollers and tray, cold glue of wood adhesive, 16mm masking tape, a battery drill, 4mm drill bit, screw bit, a bag of 5mm x 75mm screws, a pencil, a tape measure, 100 grit sandpaper and a set square.
Step 1. Start by laying out your ply pieces and orientate the wood grain in the way you want it run.
Step 2. Using a tape measure and pencil measure out 20mm from the end of the two 180x180mm pieces and 9mm down from the edges, mark an X where you’ll be drilling your holes, repeat on each corner.
TIP: It’s best to drill the holes on top of an offcut so as to drill a clean hole and not slam your bit into your work surface.
Step 3. Apply a bead of cold glue to the sides you’ve just drilled as illustrated above.
Step 4. Align one of the glued pieces with one of your side pieces and use your set square to make sure you are flush and then use your drill to drill a pilot hole into the adjoining side piece.
Step 5. Using your drill screw in ONE of the 5mm x 75mm screws, making sure you countersink the screw head so that it is flush. Once you’ve done so, do the same to the screw on the opposite side. Use a wet rag to wipe off any excess glue. Proceed to the next side, repeating steps 4 and 5 until the box is assembled.
Step 6. Using a piece of 100 grit sandpaper sand down all the edges of the now assembled box.
Step 7. Using the methods above make up your other boxes and stack them in an arrangement that will best suit your needs.
Step 8. Using your masking tape, tape about 10mm around the sides of each of the backing boards, this will allow you to get a clean edge when your screw them down onto the boxes and prevent your paint from bleeding out onto the sides. Use a roller and apply at least 2 coats of paint. I chose to use the following Plascon colours Lavish Lemon (Y5 A1 1), Sparkling Lemon Lime (Y6-A1-1) and Mandarin Tusk (GR-Y04) in both Cashmere and Double Velvet ranges.
Step 9. Once your paint has dried screw the back boards down onto your boxes and arrange to taste using the guide set out in step 2. For added strength a simple set screw will pull your box collection together and added further rigidity (not shown above).
TIP: You can also use thinner plywood, or if you chose or buy ready-made ply storage boxes you can use large foldback clips to secure them in interesting shapes/designs instead of fabricating your own clamps/brackets.
All images courtesy of Dos Family
I go weak at the knees for my daily post dose over at Dos Family.
It’s run by two very awesome Swedish ladies, Jenny and Isabelle.
It’s hard to pigeon hole them into any particular creative stream (who’d want to!), though ‘kick ass creative thingmakers’ would probably get you somewhere in the ballpark.
The pics above are from a post called ‘The Hunt’.
Recently Jenny and her daughter Viola made their way up to Isabelle’s cottage for a few days, their adventures having been documented over several posts, least of all this one.
Isabelle and I were glued to our computer screens at Isabelle´s cottage in Dalarna, when the girls came inside and told us they wanted to go hunting for bear we said:
“Okay… can we do the styling?”
I sometimes imagine that growing up in either household must be like living out the script to a Wes Anderson movie.
If I can come close to having the same kind of creative outpouring in the lives of my own children I’d die a happy man indeed.
Add them to your blog roll, now.