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Jack’s the Lad: Shoe Storage Innovation

After a long winter, it’s not surprising that hallways and cupboards end up piled high with coats, wellies and boots. So what better time than now for a Spring clearout?

Make sure that every glove has its partner,  then it’s time to pack away those heavy coats. Invest in some new storage pieces – colourful coat pegs can really brighten up your entrance!

As for your shoes, there’s few better places to store them than on a shoe rack, where they can be easily found, beautifully presented and their shape maintained. Placing a shoe rack by the front door is also a great incentive to prevent dirt getting dragged through the house, and you’ll never have to waste time hunting for that that pair you neatly and deliberately placed somewhere as you’re already late for work…

Leave your footsteps at the door

Jack Chitty is studying his Product Design A2 Level qualification and as part of his specification was asked to design a ‘shoe storage system.’ He came to us to ask our professional advice about the design, and this is the final product:

Sleek and sophisticated, we definitely want one for our hallway! We spoke to Jack at the end of his project to find out a little bit more about his learning process and what he found goes into making an innovative new product.

Where did you get your inspiration from?

I found inspiration from Googling pictures of ‘innovative shoe storage’ and ‘inventive shoe racks’. I spent hours going through pages of images trying to absorb different styles and methods of storing shoes.

How did you research the design?

I created 5 A3 sheets of initial ideas and picked this one to develop.

How did you go about making the shoe rack?

After countless hours of development and planning manufacture, I created a making plan which went through, in detail, each of the steps required to create the shoe rack. During the manufacturing process I made a production diary that documented each of the stages as I went through them.

What advice would you give someone about to work on something similar?

Always design simply – something will get complicated!

Who do you look up to/who influences your work?

No-one in particular! Although, I studied the Art Deco Movement for a year of my course and I suppose parts of this may come through in my work.

Have you designed/built anything else?

Last year, I designed a vase in the style of the Art Deco Movement which I really enjoyed and found it challenging, but rewarding.

Although we reckon Jack’s got a great eye for design, he hopes his future lies in something a little less ‘hands on’:

“This is my last year of sixth form and I am hoping to study English Language and Linguistics at university. Although there was a time where I wanted to study Product Design or Graphic Design further, the job prospects at the end of the course aren’t as varied as they would be studying English.

“Toby was a huge help to my project as he gave me a specific criteria to what he wanted the product to be which helped my focus on designing something innovative yet functional. It also helped that he was so enthusiastic and quick to respond to any questions I had as in most cases clients tend to be a little tricky to get hold of especially for Sixth Form coursework!”



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  • Jeff Garthwaite
    April 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Great Job, most original.

  • susie proud
    April 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I’d love one of these, where can I get one?

  • BR
    July 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Fanastic article, i would love to buy Shoe Rack online.