I read recently that the steel industry has significant global production overcapacity. Seems like with the whac-a-mole global economic slowdowns, steelmakers currently have the manufacturing in place to produce 20% more steel than the world needs. This kind of situation generally leads to falling prices — and more affordable products. You know I love my steel kitchen cabinets. Powder coated steel products generally last forever — and they are so shiny and pretty — so I like ’em for both of these reasons. So, I went looking for powder coated steel home decor, focusing on shelving and storage. I found 24 goodies.
First up: Mobos Modular Home & Office Storage
Above: UPDATE: Alas: Link no longer works. Mobos Modular Home & Office Storage. I actually bought a set of mobos at a fab.com sale about two months ago, I haven’t put my 48″ white bar and three tree storage containers up yet, but will show you when I do. I can already say: The quality of the product that I receive looks excellent. In today’s world, I expect that. So the bigger story about Mobos is their overall: All of the geometric shapes you see above are actually “containers” — with “hooks” designed in as part of the steel stamping — that hang on the white bar behind. Install the bar, then hang the pieces you want. The bars come in different sizes, and the containers come in different shapes, sizes and colors. As the name says, its very modular. Made in the USA. Finally, the steel is powder coated — just like a car — so it can withstand the outdoors. However… I’d think steel would get pretty hot in the sun, so this may not be so good for tender root systems unless you use a lot of moss or something like that I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Urban Outfitters always seems to have cute decorative items in trendy colors — and retro is trendy right now. Woah: And do I like the shelves above! Very strings-shelf like. Very versatile. Great colors. Nicely done, UO.
Above: The Flourish side table now comes in four colors — a jadeite green, a soft blue, the acid yellow shown here, and black. How about for the bathroom?
Above: The Factory side table, industrial vintage style.
Above: Vintage style basketweave shelf in green or black.
Above: A cute red shelf for a bathroom, kitchen or mudroom even, not sure if it’s steel, but it’s on the list.
Above: Tiny metal shelf. Golly, UO is all over the colorful powder coated metal trend!
Finally, floral cutout spice rack. I could use this in the bathroom, too, it’s so pretty.
The first place I headed online was CB2, the mod offshoot of Crate and Barrel. Sure enough, there was a good big of powder coated steel at CB2 — and
Lead photo: Array bookcase in orange. Note, CB2 is sayin’ this is for books, but it looks to me like it could also hold a collection. Just secure your whatevers with Museum Putty so they don’t get knocked off and broken. I’d expect even more to come. In addition to charcoal-ish, CB2 also has real colors, including bright orange and chartreuse. Hurray for color!
Above: The powder-coated steel coat rack is a keeper. This also would work for hanging towels in a family bathroom — very perky.
Above: CB2’s carlson ii blue tower shelves, yes, in powder coated steel, are interesting, graphic. They measure. 1o” x 10″ x 71″
At Land of Nod:
Land of Nod also is owned by Crate and Barrel. Lots of times you can find great — colorful — things in the kids’ and teens’ catalogs. Yup.
These colorful modern organizers would work well in an office — mount one on the wall near your keyboard or principal work surface tokeep pens, the stapler and other frequently used office supplies close at hand. And look: Powder coated pink!
Above and right: Goodness, these die cut metal shelves with hooks are cute cute cute overload. In white, too.
Ack! Cute overload? How about squirrel coat hooks, in multiple colors.
Golly, there’s lots more powder coated steel at Land of Nod. Start at storage. What a fun place.
Next stop: Ikea
Ikea was one of the first places I started to spot colorful powder coated steel storage items, a few months ago. Here are some highlight:
Above: Cute little vintage style Raskog kitchen storage carts, in a couple of colors.
Above: Mod bookends.
From The Container Store
Next stop, The Container Store, which has the most annoying website ever, I dread going there. But I did it for the cause, and founds some cool stuff.
Above: These five-bin, rotate-out storage towers are pretty groovy and there are 16 comments, mostly very positive.
Above: There is an entire selection of 14″ x 14″ x 14″ steel cubes that can be put together to form different sizes of modular storage. One cube…3 cubes… 4cubes with locker doors…six cubes… 15 cubes with doors and shelves….
Hmmm, now I’m getting creative. Searched “magnetic” and came up with this pretty, a 15″ wide flower power magnet board, $25.
A single mini magnet board is $5.
A 28″ long magnet strip is $13. Golly, wish they had the flower power colors, though.
And finally, Misewell: