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TOTEM

  • Prize
    Winner in Home office furniture
  • Company/Firm
    Charles O. Job, Design
  • Designer
    Charles O. Job
  • Photo Credit
    Dominic Buettner
  • Location
    Zurich
  • Project Date
    18.08.2022

TOTEM
Stackable & Rotatable Containers

TOTEM is an astonishingly simple idea. 5 simple containers of varying dimensions that can be transported, like a babooshka, one in the other, to form a compact package. The stowed containers can thus be easily transported without taking up valuable space and therefore reducing freighting costs.
Once unpacked, the containers are simple stacked, one on top of the order to form a simple storage system. Each container is equipped with an indented circular track on the underside, and four simple holes on the upper side.
Simple castors are inserted into the holes of each container, allowing free and easy rotation for each individual container.

Totem can carry books as well as other household objects. The closed sides can be used to carry postcards, chalkboards or can be equipped with magnetic surfaces.

Bio
Charles was born in Lagos Nigeria. He achieved his diploma in architecture, and a masters degree in urban design at the Oxford Brookes University, followed by work experience in various architectural practises in London, Paris and Zürich.
He was appointed professor of architectural design theory at the Berne University of Applied Sciences in 2008, where he continues to teach part time. Working in the fields of architecture, interior design, product, furniture and lighting design his studio considers architecture in its variety of scales.

Other prizes
2020 Winner, SIT 2020 Awards, Sketch Armchair. 2018 Shortlisted, Pape Bird Observation Tower, Latvia 2017 Finalist, pro Helvetia Swiss Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, 2018 2016 Silver Medal, Holzpixel, Designers Saturday, Langenthal 2016, Switzerland, with BFH 2016 Finalist, Singapore (FDA) Furniture Design Award, 2017 2016 Nominated, Singapore (FDA) Furniture Design Award, 2016 2015 Nominated, Gwangju/ Designboom International Design Biennale, Seoul 2015 2015 Top 100, Design Intelligence Award, Hangzhou, China 2015 Nominated Design Intelligence Award, Hangzhou, China 2013 Nominated, Design preis Schweiz, switzerland, Flexplypavilion with BFH 2012 1. prize, International Charente Pavilion Competition, France Flexplypavilion BFH 2012 Gold Award, Materialica Deisgn + Technology Award 2012, Munich, Germany 2012 Honourable Mention, Andreu World 12th International Design Contest, Valencia, Spain 2012 Finalist, Homeless Design Competition 2012, Milano, Italy 2011 Acknowledgement Prize, Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Africa / Middle east, Casablanca, Morocco 2009 Shortlisted, Designboom & Macef Beyond Silver Design competition, Milan, Italy 2009 Selected Design, “oasis” Design Forum, Interzum Köln, Becker, Brackel, Germany 2008 Finalist, Asahikawa International Furniture Design Competition. Japan 2007 Shortlisted, Design Preis Schweiz, Langenthal, Switzerland 2006 Runner up Tokyo Lights International Design Competition, Tokyo, Japan 2002 Third Prize. Zingg-Lamprecht International Design Competition, Zürich, Switzerland 2002 Special Mention, Design Report Award 2002, Milan International Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy 2001 First Prize, Oxo / Peugot design Awards 2001, London, England 2001 First prize, Traffic Conzept for Wetzikon, Switzerland 1999 First Prize, Deutsche Bank Munich, Germany 1999 Third prize. L’heure publique, La Chaux-de-Fonds