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Sachi SerranoBy Sachi Serrano
First created
Sachi SerranoBy Sachi Serrano
First created
€2,956
pledged of €15,000pledged of €15,000 goal
48
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 14 2017

About

Why Genkan?

There are millions of cool shoes on the market, but why is it so difficult to find a nice shoe rack!? After searching for a decent shoe rack for ages, everything we found was bulky, ugly, or cost more than 150 dollars!

This project started with the goal of producing a new concept of shoe storage at an affordable price. We wanted a shoe rack that is vertical rather than horizontal, while also taking much less space than the traditional shoe cabinet. It should also reveal rather than conceal, allowing you to appreciate your favorite shoes every day instead of keeping them stowed away in their boxes.

Genkan, the entrance hall in a traditional Japanese home, is the space between the outside world and the home, where you remove your shoes to feel at ease. Although small enough to fit in a narrow entrance hall, the Genkan shoe rack also looks great in any corridor, bedroom or nook in your home. Pared down to the minimal form, Genkan is extremely lightweight and easily moved without even removing the shoes. 

Genkan measures 22 inches (55 cm) across, 43 inches (110 cm) tall, and stands just 7 inches (19 cm) from the wall. For reference, a men's size 10 US / 9.5 UK / 43 EU shoe is nearly 12 inches (30 cm) long!

Genkan takes little space in your entrance, corridor or bedroom.
Genkan takes little space in your entrance, corridor or bedroom.

 

Easily moved to any place in your home.
Easily moved to any place in your home.

Genkan is perfect for...

Streamlining your morning routine
Tired of searching through piles of shoes to find the right pair? Genkan keeps your daily shoes displayed in one place, so you can make a decision quickly and move on with your day.

Keeping your home tidy and eliminating clutter
Home organizational expert and creator of the KonMari Method Marie Kondo says that home organization is not about shoving your belongings into closets and drawers. Once you've pared down your pairs to only those that spark joy in your life, Genkan follows her principles by keeping them visible, easy to grab, and crucially, easy to put back!

Appreciating your favorite shoes
Whether you are a sneaker junkie or an Italian leather connoisseur, Genkan keeps your shoes safe off of the floor and on display for all to see. Don't keep them in boxes all day, show them off!

Creating a beautiful home
Unlike other shoe racks and cabinets, Genkan is a piece of fine furniture which will last for a lifetime of moves. Its minimal style complements not only many styles of shoes but also many styles of home decor, and its clean lines will add tidy sophistication to any size of home.

How it works

Genkan simply leans against the wall and its rubber pads prevent any slipping. It is set at the optimal angle to keep the shoes away from touching the wall. Genkan is designed to be easily assembled in a few minutes without any power tools or holes in the wall.

Genkan leans gently but firmly against the wall. No screws or nails required!
Genkan leans gently but firmly against the wall. No screws or nails required!


How the shoes sit

The shoes can be held in two different ways: between the bars or placed on top of them (if they have a raised heel). The bars have been meticulously rounded and smoothed, so there is no need to worry about scuffs or discoloring.

Thanks to the angle, the weight of the shoe lays mainly on the sole. The shoes are displayed firmly and safely.
Thanks to the angle, the weight of the shoe lays mainly on the sole. The shoes are displayed firmly and safely.

 

Genkan can hold a wide variety of shoe types.
Genkan can hold a wide variety of shoe types.

Genkan is ideal for sneakers, dress shoes, heels, and ankle boots. It fits up to six pairs which is perfect for your every day shoes. If you are a true shoe lover, two or more Genkan shoe racks also look great side by side!

Genkan fits up to 6 pairs of shoes, ankle boots, heels or sneakers. Place them as you wish!
Genkan fits up to 6 pairs of shoes, ankle boots, heels or sneakers. Place them as you wish!

Materials and assembly

Since we love natural materials, we have chosen two long lasting hardwoods, European Beech and Sapele. We love the contrast between them so we chose a natural finish that shows off their qualities.

Genkan uses high quality solid woods with a natural finish.
Genkan uses high quality solid woods with a natural finish.

As for the hardware, brass assembly bolts were the perfect option for Genkan: They can be assembled or disassembled as many times as needed without damaging the wood, they use just an allen key - no power tools required, and they look amazing.

All of this means that Genkan is a piece of fine furniture and will last for a lifetime.

Brass bolts allow easy assembly and disassembly.
Brass bolts allow easy assembly and disassembly.

Easy care & water repellent

The wood has been treated with a natural protective finish that will keep the piece in good condition for years to come. To clean, simply use a damp towel and wipe it gently.

Simply wipe clean with a damp towel.
Simply wipe clean with a damp towel.

Manufacture

Genkan is 100% made in Spain. Each Genkan shoe rack is handmade by a carefully selected local craftsmen. We only work with people who are passionate about what they do, and this has been the key criteria of the selection process.

Rewards

Friends of Genkan - €1
Genkan & You will always be friends. You will also receive a personalized thank you and backer only updates.

Super Early Bird Genkan Shoe Rack- €65+
Be the first to display your beautiful shoes with more than 20% off the retail price. 

Early Bird Genkan Shoe Rack - €70+
Enjoy a more than 15% discount on your Genkan shoe rack!

Genkan Shoe Rack - €75+
More than 10% off the retail price, arriving just in time for your Fall shoes.

Early Bird 2 Genkan Shoe Racks - €130+
2 Genkan shoe racks at nearly 25% off the retail price. Perfect for bigger households or shoeaholics!

2 Genkan Shoe Racks - €140+
Nearly 20% off, 2 racks will hold 12 pairs of your favorite shoes.

4 Genkan Shoe Racks - €270+
At more than 20% off, 4 Genkan shoe racks are great for gifts or families of shoe lovers.

Retail Special 10 Genkan Shoe Racks - €500+
More than 40% off the suggested retail price! Perfect for small shops that want to feature Genkan in their stores. Or people who just want to be surrounded by shoes. We don't judge.

IMPORTANT! Shipping costs are not included, but we will only charge the ACTUAL cost of shipping, recalculated at the end of the campaign. This means that for most backers there will be a small refund when their rewards are shipped. If the cost is higher, we will cover the difference. However, keep in mind that it is a piece of furniture, which costs more to ship than a small gadget.


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About us 

Sachi Serrano & Nick Rowan, founders of La Diseñoteca.
Sachi Serrano & Nick Rowan, founders of La Diseñoteca.

La Diseñoteca is a design firm based in the Mediterranean city of Malaga, Spain. 

Sachi Serrano is an interior designer who has worked in Tokyo, Madrid and Edinburgh where she has nurtured her taste and experiences. 

Nick Rowan is a furniture designer and maker. The only kid in his class whose favorite color was brown, he has been a passionate woodworker from his early life.

You can find more about their work here:

www.ladisenoteca.com

Special thanks

Special thanks to JONNDO for providing their wonderful natural leather shoes. Like La Diseñoteca, all of their products are Made in Spain from the highest quality materials. We couldn't be happier sharing with them the passion of creating beautiful products that connect tradition with design.

Special thanks to Emma, our video star, who was enthusiastic about the project and was ready to give us a hand from the first moment. 

Risks and challenges

As this is our first Kickstarter project, we have extensively researched any potential problems.

Our first concern was shipping, so we have made arrangements with fulfillment centers in both the US and Europe to have accurate predictions of shipping costs and time tables.

Our other major concern was manufacturing, so we spent months finding the right carpenter and suppliers. We are now confident that we can deal with even the largest order in a reasonable amount of time.

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    Retail price: 340€.

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    RETAIL SPECIAL! 10 Genkan Shoe Racks

    Retail price: 850€. MORE THAN 40% DISCOUNT!

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