Numbered drawers

Pietro Arosio's many-drawered chests come with small numbers on each drawer. The effect is curiously pleasing, and, one supposes, very handy. Link (via Cribcandy)


  1. They appear to be identically sized, thus interchangeable. I love how much my wife would hate that degree of intentional disorganization!! :)

    clutter rules! At least around me it does. How can one be free and happy and commando and joyful amidst so much artificially enforced order.

    One can not. At least not this one.

  2. Color coding would be more memorable and pleasing. Ideally each removable front-sheet would have a different color on back, and spare cover-sheets of lots of colors would also be provided. That way categories could be color-coded and recognized at a glance. Plus the pattern of the fronts would be somewhat interesting–less monotonous, anyway.

    Storage lockers could make use of this principle too. Currently, all the lockers in a group (of six or eight or whatever unit the mfgr. sells them in) are all the same color. If each were a different color, then locker-holders could recognize their own cubbyhole from a distance, and without any fretting and hesitating. It would be a selling point. (I’ve sent this idea, free of charge, to a locker mfgr., but got no response.)

  3. @#1: I thought of the same thing immediately. Disordered drawer anarchy!

    @#3: I’d love a wall of gradated color drawers, perhaps a simplified replica of rgb color space with drawers as pixel swatches, hmmmm.

  4. Jonesy,

    Please don’t put your URL in your posts. It goes in your profile. Thanks.

    PS – Sorry about Ripley.

  5. “We also know of another superstition of that time: that of the Man of the Book. On some shelf in some hexagon (men reasoned) there must exist a book which is the formula and perfect compendium of all the rest: some librarian has gone through it and he is analogous to a god. In the language of this zone vestiges of this remote functionary’s cult still persist. Many wandered in search of Him. For a century they have exhausted in vain the most varied areas. How could one locate the venerated and secret hexagon which housed Him? Someone proposed a regressive method: To locate book A, consult first book B which indicates A’s position; to locate book B, consult first a book C, and so on to infinity … In adventures such as these, I have squandered and wasted my years.”

  6. A couple friends of mine have a surplus card catalog as a very organized stuff-holder. Each drawer holds ‘old glasses’ ‘rubber bands’ ‘twist ties’ ‘more glasses’ et cetera.

  7. The perfect gift for the obsessive-compulsive who has everything (and nowhere to put it.)

    Am I the only one who wishes there were a “0” drawer?

  8. Um, I mean a “zero” drawer. I swear it was the numeral “0” I typed… is boingboing running some kind of disemnumeralizing script?

  9. when my mom was around, she used to set up an advent calendar for me and my brother made from a little hardware organizer done up with christmas fabric and punch labeler numbers on each drawer.

    whether or not it’s really practical as an organizational scheme, this still appeals to me greatly.

  10. This reminds me of a friend who managed to purchase a classic wooden card catalog from an auction at a library. Since the card catalog is on the internet now, it was useless. He stores it near the kitchen and it’s like a 100-drawer junk drawer. Each box is labeled, even if there’s only one item.

    “Vacuum cleaner bags”
    “Extra screws from the dining room chairs”

    An OCD dream.

  11. I’ve been drooling over surplus library card cabinets and Chinese apothecary chests for a while now; I want one to keep my sewing notions and trims in. I bet they’d be great in a workshop, too.

  12. Those drawers would make Monk angry! Why go up to 90 and stop? a nice round 100 is only ten more.

  13. A Place for Everything.
    Everything in its place.

    There is a place for everything
    In earth, or sky, or sea,
    Where it may find its proper use,
    And of advantage be.

  14. I’d like to see the design tweaked into a representation of the periodic table of the elements. That I would buy.

  15. @12, You mean OCPD sufferers. Folks with OCD would need little sinks and soaps in every room, so they could make like Lady Macbeth and wash their hands over and over and over…

  16. @1,
    clutter rules! At least around me it does. How can one be free and happy and commando and joyful amidst so much artificially enforced order.


    maybe we can start a club or something.

  17. My immediate thought is how cool it would be to put a sample of the appropriately numbered element in each drawer. Of course, if you did this then perhaps it’s a good thing that the drawers only go up to 90, as things might get a bit embarrassing if you overloaded drawers 92 or 94…

  18. thus triggering a flood of posts on the relative toxicity in pure form of all those other elements.

    Need a new word, means “pedantic landmine”……

  19. Arg – something about it rubs me the wrong way – it looks like a multiplication chart, and so I expect it to be. There are some interesting patterns, for sure, but still a little bit disappointing.

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