Who knew the humble picture rail could be so customizable? Danish workshop Gejst’s Flex system—shallow wooden shelves accessorized with hooks and other add-ons—is the brainchild of industrial designer Sabine Appel, who at the time was a student writing her thesis on the company. The Gejst team embraced the idea and continues to tweak it: The first iteration debuted in 2016, and new à la carte offerings, including a pocket for coffee filters and a side table attachment, have since been introduced.
The ledge itself is magnetic, allowing it to double as a knife rack, scissors holder, and keys keeper—and lending the design top ranking in the small-space solutions for bits and pieces category. The rails come in two lengths (40 and 60 centimeters) and two stains (oiled oak and black-stained oak), with a white or black powder-coated steel mount that’s only visible in profile. The Flex Rail 40 is €70 and the Flex Rail 60 is €80.
Initially envisioned for the kitchen, Flex has made inroads all over the house. Here’s a look at its many applications.