Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
Did you know the word “tetrad” refers to a shape made up of four contiguous squares? And that the inventor of the computer game Tetris came up with the name by combining this word with that of his favorite sport, tennis? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t – we only learned this piece of trivia when we were introduced to the Tetrad Flat Shelving System by Bravespace.
Tetrad is a modular storage and display solution consisting of five independent shelving units, each in a different tetrad configuration. Thanks to their interlocking geometry the units can be arranged in a variety of ways, and multiple sets can be combined to form larger shelving pieces.
Like many reconfigurable design pieces, Tetrad works well in small spaces because it allows you arranging the modules to get the most out of your available wall or floor space. And its economical 9-inch shelf depth provides just the right amount of surface for display and storage without encroaching on valuable real estate.
Units are assembled with metal backs in multicolor or white and wood veneer sides in maple or white. Made to order in the USA.
My fellow countrymen Moscow based design studio Dopludo Collective created Nenuphar – gorgeous modular shelving. The piece looks rather exiguous and airy, but don’t be fooled by this appearance. The unit is as stable as can be thanks to its clever weight distribution. Inspired by organic forms, the eight movable shelves can be rearranged to create various configurations. And thin metal support strips create negative space around your storage. The shelving surfaces are quite spacious for all kinds of things (perfect for greenery, if you ask me). And storing a lot while staying aesthetically pleasing - isn’t that what we all want from a storage piece…
Who can resist a clever flatpack item? Not me. Especially if it is as beautiful as this one. The Wired shelf by Siyuan Zhang uses a metal elastic connection as the main source for keeping the wooden assembly together. The string provides tention between the parts, keeping them tightly together. It also allows to use fewer components and avoid gluing things together – both great achievements. So there you have it – an aesthetically pleasing, smart piece that can enhance any room. Watch the video to see what a breeze the assembly is…
Some of you might remember German designer Florian Gross and his awesome Konnex Shelf System (which is still one of my favorite modular storage products of all time). He hasn’t been idle. He emailed to tell about his new enterprise – StudioApart – created in collaboration with Barcelona based designer Kike Macías; and a beautiful new design – Andamino Shelf. The piece is a modular shelving system, which was inspired by traditional Indian scaffolding. No tools or hardware is needed for the assembly of the unit. Each shelf is adjusted to the appropriate height to cover different functions, the width is expandable too. The Andamio Shelf is made from environmentally friendly and recyclable materials. The project is going to be unveiled at the Tendence Fair in Frankfurt, August 24-28.
This minimalist shelf by Carme Pinós studio caught my eye. Made out of 2mm thick piece of steel, the Moni shelf is folded and attached to the wall, creating multiple configurations. The piece reminds me of Umbra’s famous Conceal shelf. Here too – the storage becomes visually overtaken by the stored items. “Moni’s receptacle form facilitates easy storage of books and objects, and takes on a weightless appearance as the number of books grows.” – designers explain. The piece is available in three depths – 20cm-25cm-30cm, and two finishes – vanished and coated.
This beautiful storage system was designed by Italian studio Joe Velluto for the furniture company Muvom. Called Joe’s Addiction, the modular unit combines many elements into functional and easily customizable configurations. Thanks to the variety of components and the array of different colors and finishes, you can build unique storage, properly fitting your individual space. And if you want to change the look of your item – the parts can be easily moved and rearranged to your liking.
Read vs. unread bookshelf idea is not new, but Australian designer Robert Stadler executed it so beautifully, it made me look. The Origami-like object is made of aluminum composite and folded into a clever W-shaped structure, allowing us to divide the books into two stacks.
Here is how the designer describes it: “‘Transitory bookshelf’ points out a well known dilemma – books are piling up at home because we lack time to read them. This object combines two inclined platforms which help us to handle the situation : the ‘read!’ section reminds us that we should take time to read; the ‘read.’ section’s purpose is to digest books we have recently read before they disappear into the jungle of our main bookshelf.”
The Transitory Bookshelf is shown at the Milan Design Week till April 22nd.
Avid readers – rejoice. The Eli shelf by Tel Aviv based Studio Ve is designed specifically for your active piles. Instead of scattering the books you are currently reading around the apartment or leaving them in heaps near your sofas and chairs – you can neatly store them on this mobile shelf. This temporary housing for your active library can be easily moved, it will save your precious tomes from damage and free some valuable floor space.
Welcome to the Jungle is the name of the furniture collection, designed by Rui Alves, force behind My Own Superstudio. It is comprised of five pieces that can be stacked in many different ways, creating shelving, seating, multilevel console/occasional tables and even coat hangers. I love the colorful fun the line projects. Little columns on the side of each piece really do add animal resemblance, something kinds of all ages will appreciate.
iLean Shelf is an incredible invention of designers Michael Suman and Lynn Smith. It is portable, sturdy (can support up to 100lbs), easy to assemble and unbelievably versatile. It is ideal for home offices, dorms, apartments, bedrooms, bathrooms, decks, it can even be used on a camping trip. And when not in use – iLean folds completely flat. It’s quite a looker too… The shelf is made of maple wood, laminated MDF, and steel support wires. Check out the videos to see how many different things this smart little item can do. Available at the MoMA store.