Between Lines by WokMedia


Design Miami 07: designers WokMedia presented a new shelving system called Between Lines at Design Miami earlier this month.

The shelves are made of flexible stainless steel "letter strings" that, when entangled, provide storage for books.

See our story about Made in China by WokMedia at last year's Design Miami.

Between Lines was shown at Contrasts Gallery.

We'll let WokMedia explain it:


Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner of WOKmedia presented a new shelving system called ‘Between Lines’ during Design Miami in December 2007.

The work consists of seven mirror polished, stainless steel letter strings. The one-off edition piece marks the first set of a production line which will be launched in Milan 2008 and will be available in a rubber coated finish. Each of the 2.70 meter letter strings can be coiled up to a small roll, unfolded and reshaped to an infinite array of configurations. Without additional brackets the letter strings are simply screwed to the wall.

When letters get mixed up, repeated, or when content gets confused and explanation fails an explosion of letters creates an unorganized support to hold our literature. Giving insight rather in closing its content which is to often covered with dust. Offering the possibilities to present them open rather having them closed and inviting to read ‘Between the Lines’

Posted on Thursday December 20th 2007 at 10:56 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • oxotnic

    very practical. I’d be happy if I could fit 10 books over there! Why do they call it a shelving system? Just call it a nice wall-piece.

  • tommi

    call it ‘flying book shelve’

  • j

    anyone who would buy that doesn’t have more than 10 books. terrible.

  • gustav

    Makes me sleep!
    Please, do either design or art, but do not go that way. Don’t we have enough of this none sense projects?

  • Nuno

    What is this? Design? Art? I don’t think we can call this design… and if we do, I honestly believe such piece could have been done by an industrial designer.

    Gosh… we sure like those ‘wacky’ designs, but we miss the ‘form-function’ deal we’ve been used to for a looooong time. Bring back the real industrial design, and enough this ‘only good on pictures’ mumbo-jumbo.

  • Ten books indeed,
    looks like a health hazzard, sure to be used in Final Destination 57, where an unsuspecting victim gets savagely killed by the letters F A D

  • hmm

    i belive its about 34 books.

  • xtiaan

    if i saw this as window dressing in a bookshop Id like it, to be expected to seriously use it to house my books, no

  • El Greco

    Post-modern poop

  • léo

    It could be a kind of coat hanger, but certainly not a bookshelf. Are the books in cardboard? I can’t believe this thin structure is strong enough to carry books.

  • Pege

    Actually its about 15 books for each string which is 3M long. In this picture there is 7 strings so its possible to hang 105 books on this shelves. No, its not cardboard books!!!!! I have some at home and its quite a change to theses boring shelving systems…. So before you make up your mind… Think!!!!