The recently designed Wha Cabinet incorporates a unique shelving design and a lamp into one strangely cool product.
Designed by Tembolat Gugkaev the Wha Cabinet is appropriately named, since its design resembles a question mark. The surfaces appear to be laminated black wood. The shelves angle as if a traditional shelving unit has been simply bent over – or maybe wilted. In other words, there’s a definite Alice in Wonderland appeal to these shelves.
The “top” of the shelves also doubles as a lamp, taking advantage of the angle produced by the curved portion of the shelves. The shelves themselves are backlit with red, yellow, green, and blue lights that add a little ambiance to whatever room you’ve situated this unit in.
In my honest opinion the colored backlighting is the only thing I find not-as-cool about this product. The colors seem just a little bit too much for this product, giving the whole thing a psychedelic look that leans (pun intended) towards lava lamps, black lights and blasting Grateful Dead tracks.
Now, if that’s your sort of thing I could see why you might be interested in the Wha Cabinet. I assume that the backlight can be turned on and off, so I guess I don’t have too much to complain about. I do like the way that the shelves are angled inside the cabinet creating an interesting option for storage solutions. For those who are interested in taking things a slightly geekier route, the Disco Chair, the Paper Darwin Chair and the Cupcake Table make for great eye-candy.
All in all I’m pretty impressed with this concept -- I think they’d be a cool addition to any living room – especially “framing” a couch or an entertainment center. That said, I’m not certain if the Wha Cabinet is only oriented in the shape of a question mark, or if there is a version that looks like a backwards question mark. Maybe the mirror-image shelving is called the Ahw – because it would be soooo adorable.