Everyday Objects Stash Money, Secrets, Drugs, IDs

Looking to hide your drugs or money? Yiting Cheng might have something for you.

Yiting Cheng Stash Lamp


Yiting Cheng just finished up a master’s degree in design, but she could already teach James Bond a thing or two about stashing valuables.

For her thesis project, Cheng designed a series of eight objects that ingeniously store secrets–from passwords to money to drugs to IDs. And you can see all of them in this nicely shot video (our favorite is the secrete drawer, hidden in the edge of a table, which is only accessible when attach a magnetic pull):


According to Cheng:

This project is about concealing valuables, secrets, bad habits and
personal information in our workplaces. Here, hidden spaces/messages
were created within 8 general objects such as wood boards, lamps and
disposable coffee cups.

How? By utilizing stereotypes and visual
camouflage. We make judgments based mainly on our experiences and what
we see. This dependency on visual information can create large blind
spots. Thus, usual stereotypes of how we perceive solid, transparency
and lighting are employed in this project to play with notions of “solid
and void” and “true and false.”

In other words, she hides things in plain sight, by hiding them inside objects so familiar that you’d never question their integrity. Q, eat your heart out.

Yiting Cheng Stash Docs


About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.