Beatrix ong x j+j

for Wallpaper* handmade


Beatrix Ong was commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine to participate in their iconic Handmade issue for 2016.

“Storing shoes is always somewhat challenging in terms of space and aesthetic." says British designer Beatrix Ong, "I wanted to create a piece that is both storage and display." she explains of her collaboration with Samuel Chan's furniture collective Joined + Jointed. "Calling it 'Shoe Tree' hints at its ability to also grow if you wish."


The modular design merges a totem pole and shoebox stack, handcrafted from sustainable American black walnut with marquetry finger joints. "Boxes are intriguing. They hold surprises, and invite discovery", says Chan. "They are also very useful: they bring order to our lives."

Joined + Jointed was founded by British furniture designer Samuel Chan, who has been designing and making furniture for more than 20 years through his eponymous studio, Channels. Both in his own right and through Joined + Jointed, Samuel is the recipient of an unprecedented 13 Design Guild Marks. He was named Furniture Designer of the Year at the British Homes & Gardens Design Awards 2015.

The piece was unveiled at Hotel Wallpaper* during Salone del Mobile, Milan in 2016. From 2017, the piece and the exclusive shoes can be visited at:

Wallpaper* Handmade Classics, Gillman Barracks, Singapore⠀
9 Mar - 11 June 2017⠀

La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy⠀
6–16 April 2017⠀

City Hall, Hong Kong⠀
6–28 June 2017⠀

Dongdaemun,Design Plaza, Seoul, S. Korea⠀
26 Aug–16 Sept 2017⠀

Block 37⠀
Chicago, USA (in collaboration with Chicago Design Museum)⠀
9–29 Oct 2017

The set and boxes are available to purchase at Wallpaper* Store.