Parasite Shelf by Johanna Landin

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DMY Berlin 09: Swedish design student Johanna Landin exhibited a box shelf that appears to cling to its surroundings at DMY Youngsters in Berlin last week.

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Called Parasite, the system consists of plywood boxes suspended from wooden hooks on blue ropes, which pass through grooves in the outside of each box.

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The shelves can be moved around and attached to other pieces of furniture.

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Landin is currently studying at Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk (HDK) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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She exhibited the Parasite shelf with fellow students under the title A Beautiful Death; it was also shown at the Greenhouse exhibition as part of the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this year.

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See all our stories from DMY Berlin 09 in our special category.

Here's some more info from the designer:

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The Parasite Shelf can be used only if it has something to attach itself to. Another piece of furniture or a wall to possess.

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It can then grow and expand, living in symbiosis with its host and offering additional features to it.

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Yet, as the parasite grows, it may slowly take over its host, making it redundant.

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When the host is subdued, the parasite backs away to wait for a new host on which to cling.

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As long as new furniture or rooms come to act as host, the Parasite Shelf can always be reborn.

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When I designed Parasite Shelf I wanted to make a small storage object that easily could move around and adjust to its surroundings, just like a parasite, and therefore also get a longer life.

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The Parasite shelf is designed by Johanna Landin, who is a Swedish architect and design student at HDK (School of Design & Crafts) in Göteborg, Sweden.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 7:12 am by Rachel Blunstone. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • morrissey

    johanna landin marry me

  • http://www.pieterjan.biz pieterjan

    Nice idea, pity is the cheap execution.

  • S.C

    That hook will crack over time…..

  • samkipp

    Cheap blue lanyard? Why? Great idea, but I agree with pieterjan.

  • http://chat.carleton.ca/~jham2 jason

    What an interesting idea. J’approuve.

  • USA

    Great Design, love the execution!