Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Spread 10Y magazine rack

Since the summer of 2011, for many months, spread (BTp-Bund 10Y) was the most used and worrying word in Italy. Newspapers and magazines all over the world have spoken daily about Italy and its debt: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Save. Spread 10Y is a handcrafted wooden magazine rack designed to combine the "news" with the now "(in)famous" graph. It also maps the transition between the Silvio Berlusconi government and that of Mario Monti.
Photos by Sebastiano Pitruzzello
Studio Inesistente

Friday, 23 September 2016

Book partition

More books are printed every year, read and discarded. Even though many are taken to charity shops, they mostly go unsold and the charities have to pay for the books to be sent to landfill. The Paperback Partition is made from this waste, creating an aesthetically pleasing and interesting divide in a room. It provides both good heat insulation, and acoustic insulation. Research showed that most people felt that books as objects were beautiful and they enjoyed their solidness, colour and texture, which the partition shows off.
Lula Dot

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Baker's Dozen Bookcase

Bring a utilitarian touch to your abode with this shelved ironwork unit from an English bakery at the turn of the 20th century. Moveable wheels.
203cm H, 195cm W, 61cm D

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Reading steps

A 19th century structure removed from context and re-imagined. A spiraling staircase – a fragment of a coil – standing in half shadow. It’s no longer a means to go somewhere, it has become the somewhere. Once held up by four walls, it is now re-mastered and self-supporting. Leavened by gravity and steel, heavy as the shadows. The oak and pine is pitted with a century and a half of daily rituals. It was discovered as a crumbling splinter of its former self. Careful, painstaking repairs have paved the way for its new function. A discrete yet bold intervention – a seat in place of steps, where dark cushions encourage you to pause. An old thoroughfare is now a place to stop, and read. In solitary contemplation, or intimate recital. The Reading Steps disorder the previous function, and create a new calm certainty. It’s about the beauty of a quiet disruption.James Plumb

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Cemetery bookshelf: Jüdischer Friedhof Krems

The first public library in a Jewish cemetery. Designed as a memorial by Michael Clegg and Martin Guttman - the Jewish cemetery was virtually destroyed under the Third Reich - the artists created these bookcases in Krems in the size and shape of a grave stone with glass doors. It contains a carefully selected collection of books in German, English and Hebrew focusing on Jewish philosophy and the history of death.
Institut für historische Intervention 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Grow bookcase

A solid wood contoured shape and metal backsplashes compose a sculptural totem with a vertical development, where exhibiting objects or storing books.
Paolo Salvadè