Cool Idea #5: The Secret Stash Project

The Secret Stash Project can be useful to spies, secret agents, and you.

What is it? Here’s what the project’s official website tells us.

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.

Why doing this?

We all have the need of hiding.

We hide our valuables from being stolen, we conceal our past from our loved ones, we never show our real side to colleagues, we all have secrets. Or, sometimes we just want to keep something only for ourselves.


Utilize 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 essence, the project is just a clever way of utilizing the ways that our minds fill in the blanks. When we see a nondescript box for a chessboard, for example, we more or less automatically assume that the pieces inside and that the box is just two five-sided pieces of cardboard that fit with each other. By utilizing the mental processes behind the assumption, the Secret Stash Project allows for the concealment of objects of value. The box may just be the uppermost piece of cardboard, or it may not store a chess set.

I like this idea mainly for the items that it has spawned. Some of the ones that I’ve heard of probably came about independently, but the ones like the book used as a Kindle case on The Compost Pile and the implementations shown in the video (link to Vimeo) on Yiting Cheng’s website are directly related to the project as I know it.

If you’ve seen any cool secret stashes or products that make use of assumptions, please share them below. Do not include ideas that are illegal.


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