I am in awe of those who can keep a tidy workspace. Both my shop and my desk consist of clutter and chaos, the lack of organization surely reducing my productivity. So whenever I see an effective organizing system in use, maintained by end users with the discipline to obey its dictates, I gaze at it wistfully.
A Poland-based company called HobbyZone designs modular storage components for those engaged in miniature modelmaking. That sort of work requires paint, adhesives, brushes, small hand tools, bins to store small parts, et cetera; nearly everything that needs to be stored is small, with the largest item often being a roll of paper towels for cleanup. Thus HobbyZone has created a variety of small storage components–drawers, racks, shelves, compartments–that the end user can pick and choose from.
Embedded magnets mean these units can be connected, stacked and/or side-by-side, allowing the end user to create their own configurations.
That all looks fine and dandy in renderings, but how does it play out in the real world? Pretty darn well, at least judging by the user-submitted photos in HobbyZone’s gallery:
I particularly like the shot below because you can get a sense of how the user operates. He’s got the reference photos on the right, pulls all of the relevant paints off of the storage rack up top and places them in the arc-shaped rack on the worksurface along with a handful of brushes.
You can see more shots of the system here.