Tomoe Matsuokaarchitecture / art / design
Roll-out Closet is personal storage on wheels and a countertop for public dialogues. It’s made of a 36”x 14” wooden box on a steel base with a rack for clothing hangers. It contained my books and toys, and held some of my clothing that didn’t fit into my dorm room closet. This project explores a way to resolve the dilemma of closet space shortage, which I often encountered in the places I lived in past 10 years. It also questions the existing notion of personal property and the use of public space.
By pushing out my personal belongings into a public space (hallway in the dorm) in order to gain more storage space, I’m also giving up a certain level of ownership, and offering them for communal sharing. My clothes, books, and toys become an icebreaker for a potential conversation among the people who live on the hall. It sought a way to re-activate communal space (the hallway is always dark, and just an in-between space to each private sleeping quarter) and to re-appropriate the space to accommodate a new private function.