Live from Milan: here are two shelving units designed by Alfredo Häberli for new brand Quodes (see previous post).
The designs are called Pattern (top images) and Empire (above).
“I love books very much, the weight, the smell, the haptic," says Häberli. "It is a source of inspiration and relaxation, I love to be surrounded by. I could say I am a book maniac."
"The idea of Pattern is to create a non-horizontal shelf. One which help the thin books or magazines to stay in an upright position. By searching a geometrical figure to repeat, I found an irregular pentagon which adding it to each other, creates a Pattern and gives the opportunity of using it for several sizes.
"Meanwhile there is a horizontal surface which allows arranging objects on it. Not having a real back, it can be used as a room divider."
"With Empire I wanted to create a very small bookshelf (or for other things), one that you have in a corridor, behind your bed, in a corner, placed just inconspicuous in a space. In the meantime is Empire a vertical sculpture full of books."
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