Meet the designer: Joanna Majewski of Nørdikka
What this lady doesn't know about storage isn't worth knowing - we tapped her up for all the tips and trends from the world of fitted furniture.
Ok so storage might seem glamorous (unless you’re talking about Carrie Bradshaw’s walk-in wardrobe, stuffed with Manolos!), but boy, can it transform your home. Joanna Majewski founded Nørdikka – slick Herts-based, Danish-made storage systems – to turn awkard nooks and crannies into beautiful and functional spaces. Now she designs everything from wardrobes and pantries to home office solutions (even Carrie-style closets!). We caught up with her to nab her top tips for turning mess and clutter into a Marie Kondo-esque marvel!
What’s the best thing about designing bespoke storage?
The fact that you can really make the space work for everything from the smallest detail – tiny pieces of jewellery to large, clunky suitcases. As long as it works for you, storage can turn your space into a peaceful, organised bliss.
What’s been your most challenging project to date?
We created a stunning dressing room in an attic, where none of the walls were straight. I had to measure it all perfectly, making sure angles were correctly drawn in CAD, which was quite time consuming, but it paid off as it was installed beautifully.
What are the key things to consider when designing storage?
Who will be using the space? Does it need to be future-proofed (as kids grow up/leave home or couples start a family)? What do you dislike most about your current space? And… how many pairs of shoes/coats etc. do you need instant access to?
What are the best options for tricky spaces, like sloping ceilings and eaves?
We specialise in this! For eaves you can have extra deep drawers (up to 70cm!), or hanging rails at the back with shelves in front. Once you can see it in 3D it’s easy to visualise.
Any tips on maximising storage in small spaces?
Sliding doors are fantastic for small spaces – whether for wardrobes, hidden utility rooms kitchen/bathroom units. And if you go for bespoke you can utilise floor-to-ceiling height without any need tor fillers, which are a waste of useful space.
Are there any key trends in storage at the moment?
A current trend is the timeless thick-framed shaker style doors with mirror inserts. Tinted mirrors are very popular at the moment as they have the same effect as a silver mirror in terms of bouncing light around the room but just toned down. Plus they give you an instant ‘holiday glow’, just like a tinted moisturiser! The Scandi look is still popular too – light wood with black frames and glass doors are great for kids rooms as you can add temporary decals of their favourite characters.
With more people working from home now, what’s your advice on home office storage?
We are seeing loads of requests for home office solutions at the moment, whether it’s coverting a whole room to a dedicated work space or for those just working from a dining table. We make extra small bespoke units that can fit anything and fill unused space, or you could hide a desk behind some sliding doors or within a bespoke wardrobe set up.
What are your top storage hacks?
- Make the most of the room height – tall, shallow storage can be so useful.
- You might like the idea of shelves but drawers are so much more practical.
- Invest in super slim hangers to maximise wardrobe space.
- Use your corners – swap shelves for pull-outs that can be retrofitted. Or add enclose your tea and coffee making equipment and toaster to declutter a worktop.
- With my clothes, I hang the regularly worn things to the right and leave the others on the left – it they stay on the left for too long it’s time for them to go to charity!
Find out more about Nørdikka bespoke storage here and visit their showroom in Brookman’s Park for more inspo.