Ammonite by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

Ammonite by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Meta

French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance based this bookcase for design brand Meta on the spiralling shape of an ammonite fossil.

Ammonite by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

Books and objects of various sizes can be accommodated in the cubes of the bookcase, which gently decrease in size as it curls around. The patina of the steel changes as the cubes become smaller, moving from black to silvery grey.

Ammonite by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

Meta was launched in 2005 when London- and New York-based Mallett Antiques began commissioning designers to produced contemporary pieces. See all our stories about the company here.

Ammonite by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

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Here's some information from the designer:


This project results from a discussion with Meta who disclosed a wish to be able to have a piece of furniture to accommodate varying scales and styles of book and object collections in harmony. I designed this shelf inspired by the composition principles of fractal forms. A patina with a gradation of steel colours lends itself to the spiral composition of the object, bestowing it with a certain lightness in spite of its actual weight. The wealth of this project rests upon the interaction between the content and the receptacle.