Edifice Shelving

Angular, nested cubbies create displays for books or objects

Angular, nested cubbies create displays for books or objects

Furniture, 2018 | Scratch Studio

“This will kill that. The book will kill the edifice.”

Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris

Typical shelving is generic and one-size-fits-all. Edifice Shelving is tailored and specific. Its angled, saw-tooth shelves accommodate books of varying width, and its graduated vertical spacing books of varying height. Fully packed, a double-sided 3’x6’ unit holds up to 500 books.

Like library stacks, the shelving is freestanding and porous, and acts as a room-divider. The design is modular. Multiple units tile together into larger assemblies. The prototype shown here is fabricated from ½” Ultralight MDF, CNC-milled with mortise and tenon joints and finished with satin lacquer in an off-white similar to book paper.

Featured in the 2019 LaunchPad at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDesign, New York’s celebration of global design, presented with Design Milk.

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The shelving is freestanding and open, a screen that reveals and conceals ( model credit: Stephanie Beamer )

The shelving is freestanding and open, a screen that reveals and conceals (model credit: Stephanie Beamer)

The shelving ends terminates with chamfered edge and inner fold.

The shelving ends terminates with chamfered edge and inner fold.

Some planes come together at inside corners; others overlap.

Some planes come together at inside corners; others overlap.

 
The freestanding, double-sided shelving is tall enough to act as a room-divider but not so tall as to make the top shelf unreachable.

The freestanding, double-sided shelving is tall enough to act as a room-divider but not so tall as to make the top shelf unreachable.

 
Prototype with books.

Prototype with books.

1/2”=1’ scale model.

1/2”=1’ scale model.

Detail of prototype with books.

Detail of prototype with books.

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The modular shelving expands with the multiplication of the basic 3’x6’ unit.

The modular shelving expands with the multiplication of the basic 3’x6’ unit.