Note Design Studio launches Arch modular shelving system for Fogia

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Stockholm 2016: Sweden-based Note Design Studio has created a collection of shelves for furniture brand Fogia that feature half-moon shapes created by bent wooden supports.

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

The Arch shelving comes in separate sections of various heights and widths, which can be mounted onto a wall in different configurations.

Taller options offer storage for books, while more narrowly spaced shelves allow user to display smaller objects.

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

"When we got the brief we had an idea of making a bookshelf as important as any other furniture in the room," said the studio, which has designed a diverse range of objects including tables, lighting and soft furnishings.



"A bookshelf is an extremely practical piece of furniture and it should therefore be treated with some extra care, design-wise," Note added.

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

The bookcases for Swedish brand Fogia, which come in natural and black-stained oak, are supported by pieces of bent wood that form half-moon shapes in between the ends of the shelves.

The studio referenced various architectural constructions to create the supporting arches, which cast curved shadows once the shelves are mounted.

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

"We wanted to make an elegant bookshelf that not only displays the object in it beautifully, but also lets the room show the best of itself," said Note, which has previously created lounge chairs, side tables and a sofa for Fogia.



"We want this to be a bookshelf that you bring with you wherever you move, howsoever you live, through your whole life."

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

The Arch shelves are on show at Stockholm Furniture Fair, which takes place from 9 to 13 February 2016 as part of Stockholm Design Week. Also debuted during the event were a range of homeware by Iittala and Issey Miyake, and collection of leather rugs by Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Arch shelves by Note for Fogia

Other recently launched shelving systems include Max Voytenko Kroll's zig-zag shelves designed to look like folded paper, and Nendo's expandable carbon fibre bookcases.

  • Super superficial

    The arch does nothing, apart from over-busy a piece of furniture that should be simple…because it is going to packed full of busy books and stuff.

    Another one-dimensional visual idea from Note. Superficial furniture ahoy.

    • West East Bay

      I think your comment misses that the arc works as a bookend as well, which seems pretty clever to me, while being playful.

      Just my two cents.

      • Super superficial

        Which they have demonstrated perfectly in the photos.

  • Rin

    So beautiful if it wasn’t for the arc.