Changing a wall landscape to increase storage or display new decorative objects is not only time-consuming, but tedious. But there are alternatives to the nail-and-hammer method for those who are less handy or who don’t want to waste time and energy plying out drywall anchors and patching up holes, among other messy tasks: A growing number of product developers have been exploring the use of magnetic force to make reconfiguring the wall landscape much easier. One such company that’s playing the magnetic field — and doing it beautifully — is Ronda Design.
The Italian concern’s Magnetika System consists of metal wall panels onto which a full range of elements attach and secure magnetically, making it simple to reposition as needed. The wall panels themselves can be specified in different finishes including fossilized oak or aged brass and come in formats ranging from 540 to 1,080 millimeters wide by 360 to 720 millimeters high.
Meanwhile, the varied Magnetika elements make it possible to design a completely unique topography and make the best use of vertical space. The wall shelves come in L, U, Y, T and H shapes that can be positioned individually or in intriguing group configurations. The system also offers open-box shelves that come in cubes, rectangles, trapezoids and two different triangles.
Ronda Design also developed a whole line of Magnetika accessories that are geared toward hallways (coat racks and mirrors), home offices (accessory rails, paper trays and tablet mounts), kitchens (utensil rails, cup hooks, shelves and spice jar and condiment holders) and even bathrooms (toilet paper dispensers, towel rails, mirrors and toothbrush holders).
If you’re wondering about magnetic strength or interference, the company has considered those, too. It claims its patented system ensures that performance will only minimally deteriorate over time and that the wall elements will not slip down the panels. And a special screening system that diverts the magnetic waves toward the wall keeps them from dispersing and interfering with, say, electronic devices and credit cards with magnetic strips.