Hide & Keep by Karin Stromberg

The starting point for Hide & Keep is to take the teenager seriously. The product defends teenager’s right to a private life and offers an opportunity to hide things that he or she does not want to show. The hidden things can be taken out later to reminisce about the past time. Hide & Keep is inspired by diaries, jewellery boxes, wedding chests and secret compartments.

A teenager has things that he or she does not want to show to the parents, even adults may have things they want to put away for example with the arrival of guests. We all own valuable and private things, Hide & Keep is a furniture which has a hidden storage possibility for these personal things. The product it self symbolizes the teenager, with a hard surface and a soft and fragile inside which he or she does not want to show with others. Hide & Seek is a product that adapts with the user. When the user is ready to reveal his or her inner self, the product can change and open up.

Designer: Karin Strmberg


  • Emerson says:

    Unpractical, too expensive for the “teenager”, and realistically, which parents will want to buy a huge table for their kids to hide their stuff in?

    If I were a parent I’d like to know what goes on with my kids, because it’s my responsibility. I mean, ok, I’m 20, and my mum buggers me to heck sometimes, but it’s her responsibility.

    You wanna hide something? Hide it in your acoustic guitar!

    • Eric says:

      You mean this is unpractical and too expensive (without knowing price) for YOUR solution. You do admit at the end they will still hide it anyway! I could see this serving some people quite well. Everyone has different needs, thats why in the description it says adults can use this to hide stuff from visitors. You seem to understand mutiple uses for one object (your guitar example) so why not this piece? Just my 24 y/o perspective I guess.

  • xXblahXx says:

    i just wish there was a lock…

  • Agree with emerson 100%

  • Eric says:

    I think it’s a great idea. The parents should be involved enough to know what their children are up to regardless of whats “hidden.” My point is: If they dont have this shelf to hide stuff in, it’s not going to change what they want to hide. They will still do it, just somewhere else! If you feel buying this unit for your children gives them the OK to be a druggie behind your back, then you have bigger problems than furniture selection.

  • christina says:

    Dont get hung up on the whole ‘secret hiding place’ concept, its obvious that the piece opens up. There is a seam and a ‘latch’ system completely exposed, its not intended to fool anyone. Just think of it as a place to store things that disrupt your decor, or a place to clear things off the table if you need to use it. I imagine storing magazines and remotes for the TV inside it. To think that this could be a realistic problem for parents with secretive teens is just silly and should not be the focus of criticism for this piece. This is a website about design, not parent-teen relationships.

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