Sports Equipment Storage Solutions – Shopping With David Rosenkvist

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WHEN David Obel Rosenkvist moved his family to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, from a city outside of Copenhagen in August, he discovered a problem most New Yorkers know about: lack of storage space. For Mr. Rosenkvist, vice president for North America of Fritz Hansen, a Danish furniture company, the situation was particularly problematic, as he, his wife and two children are all passionate about the outdoors.

Mr. Rosenkvist, 41, is an avid cyclist, runner, tennis player, alpine skier and sailor. His wife is doing yoga and cycling. Her 5 year old son plays soccer. Her 10-year-old daughter rides horses and unicycle. And “we brought a lot of our outdoor gear,” he said.

Getting rid of all their gear is not an option. “I can bike to work in 18 minutes,” he said, noting that most of the time he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge to his SoHo office. “It makes me work faster than the subway, and you can see the skyline everyday instead of being in a tunnel.”

Recently, he’s been looking for storage solutions that are visually appealing, he pointed out, while working in the design industry. “We like things to look good,” not just functional, he said.

His first stop was Design Within Reach, in SoHo, where he found BluDot’s Cognita Storage Bench for Herman Miller, which had a padded seat that flipped up to reveal hidden storage. Although there is material for hanging files inside, Mr Rosenkvist thought it would be ideal for storing sports equipment in a hallway or bedroom.

“The piece itself is simple and pure,” he said. “It gets rid of the clutter in a nice way.”

Down the street in a USM furniture showroom, he admired the Haller modular storage system, which he said he would build as a wall unit with doors. “He’s a longtime favorite,” he said. “It’s the classic storage piece you always want, and it can work anywhere. “

At the Conran Shop, he found another classic: the Hang-It-All coat rack by Charles and Ray Eames, which has wooden balls in different sizes and colors to hold the coats. “We have wanted it for a long time and we gave it as a gift to friends,” he said. “It’s functional, but also aesthetically very cool and unusual.

Stopping at the Container Store in Chelsea, Mr Rosenkvist chose the Ball Claw, a plastic contraption with three flexible arms that securely cradles a ball on the wall. “My kids have carefully selected their soccer balls and they look really good,” he said. With the Ball Claw, they could be displayed as art.

By the end of the afternoon, Mr. Rosenkvist was feeling optimistic about his options. “You can see that lack of storage space is a common problem in New York,” he said, “because there are so many brilliant solutions. “


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