Shelves are both a functional piece of furniture, and an opportunity to add life, texture and colour to your walls. They are in fact, an essential pieces of furniture for your living room, dining room and even your bedroom! Whether to accommodate your books, your plants, your decorative items or simply items you use daily, the open and universal design of wall shelves and other storage units are essential to the world of contemporary design.
Moreover, beyond simple horizontal shelves, there are an almost infinite variety of shapes and materials available vying for invention and originality! Today we discover a selection of shelves that depict illusions of lightness and balance, and some that will make you dizzy. Faint of heart beware!
French artist and designer Laurent Gongora, has designed these impressive geometric shelves that are strong, yet delicate in appearance. For his project
Dare Dare, he offers a corner shelf that folds an aluminum plate in a dynamic and unusual position. In addition, a bright yellow lacquer has been applied in an invigorating lemon colour, and then coupled with a unique triangular morphology, gives the whole shelf a vibrant and lively look. It is, moreover, an ideal design solution for dressing the corner of a room; an area often overlooked because it is difficult to find a sufficiently narrow cabinet. Why not install a bouquet of flowers or an elegant sculpture on these angled shelves to create a sophisticated and decorative angle?
Our German experts have an expression—
Ordnung muss Sein - which would translate into English as
There must be order. This is a cliche expression, as German's are renown for being meticulous and favouring order. Therefore, we are not surprised to discover that this hierarchical and organised shelf was designed by a group of designers in Berlin, from The Fundamental Shop. The unit is called
A few of my favourite things, as it allows you to distribute and organise your favourite objects in an elegant arrangement of your choice. Cubic volumes made from Douglas Fir are stacked in pyramid-style organisation, with a host of smaller units available for tiny items. This is the perfect shelf for those ultra organised folk!
These shelves, titled
TT3, arose from the collection of modular furniture TT , designed by Ron Gilad for the Italian publishing company Adele-C. What impresses us in this elegant design is its apparent simplicity, which combines light natural wood surfaces, a thin metal frame, and with a magnetic system. The irregular organisation of these shelves, created by installing shelves at different heights, helps to give lightness and weightlessness to a fairly rigid and structured system. These shelves can of course be backed up against a wall, but we recommend that you use them as a division between two spaces to truly enjoy these geometric games of transparency and movement.
Based in New York, from the design lab of Richard Clarkson, we see this strangely balanced shelf. Composed of only brass tubes and wooden planks, the simplicity of this structure is apparent. The unit is a dry assembly system, meaning you do not require any glue, screws or equipment, as the structure operates based on the inclination and angle of its design. Elegantly balancing, the creators say it is possible to install the piece in less than three seconds! Once installed, we guarantee that it will look like the perfect minimalist piece for any modern or zen-style room.
The office of German design Stückwerk, offers an attractive alternative solution to decorate the corners of our rooms, thanks to this dramatic creation that seems to float in equilibrium. The shelf, which is called
Paddle, consists of a rod which supports four plywood shelves, and is stabilised by an arm in the lower part. Again, it is possible to mount and dismount this piece in a jiffy, making this design the ideal mobile solution for our contemporary ways of life—in particular, a pokey home office. As you can appreciate in this photograph, the centre post allows you to support books to make an impromptu library or vertical garden.