Book container whose shape is defined by the books, because the original idea was that the content had to give shape to its container.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Monday, 25 February 2013
More than four years after we designed and created the very first REK bookcase for a private client, we have taken a few significant steps forward. REK has a new finish, is much lighter and we have made some great photos of it.
What are books worth when there is internet, smart phones, tablets and e-readers? Not much at first sight. However, it is exactly these digital developments that enhance the appreciation of books. No longer functional carriers of information but rather artefacts representing one’s identity. It is not so much about the quantity of books anymore but what counts is a well-considered selection of quality books. Book shelves are therefore changing as well, from purely functional pieces of furniture to unique design pieces, equally important as the books they hold.
REK was designed back in 2008 by Reinier de Jong as a bookcase that grows with your book collection. The fewer the books, the smaller the bookcase. The zigzag-shaped parts slide in and out to accommodate books in the resulting spaces. The books can also be arranged according to their size. The narrow spaces are excellent for magazines.
The maximum dimensions of REK are: 202 x 228 x 36 cm. The original REK bookcase is finished with white HPL which gives it a cool and abstract look.
We recently introduced a new finish at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne: recycled HPL by Abet Laminati. The solid grey material creates a warm and intriguing result, especially on the edges where it looks as if it is seamlessly folded around the shelves. It is light grey with a texture that people associate with fine concrete or grey cardboard. REK is also available in a dark grey version of this material.
Furthermore, the new REK has lost weight. It has the same dimensions as the first one but weighs only 80 kg. A lot easier to transport but above all, easier to slide. We have also improved the guidance and added a stop, making sure the parts do not slide out too far.
Reinier de Jong Architecture & Design
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
A typographic bookshelf designed to hold just those books you go back to over and over. With counters of various sizes for novels, magazines and art books, it is the perfect bookshelf for typographic obsessives. Now you can spend your Sunday afternoons endlessly kerning your furniture.
Concept, type design & production: Matt Innes
Design & production: Saori Kajiwara
CNC router cut, hand glued & finished in Scandinavian oil & beeswax.600 x 250 x 190mm per character. Jarrah-faced birch plywood
Monday, 18 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Each of the 31 steel elements is hand bended and welded together into a structural form with storage capabilities.Approximate Dimensions: 56 x 50 x 25 cm. High quality steel rods, diameter 8 mm. Weight, 18 kg. Colour versions are quality powder coated.
Monday, 11 February 2013
The first piece of a parasite furniture collection. Inspired by virtuality, notably graphical errors and computer game bugs, I took a regular, old, four-leg coffee table and, while retaining its original function, provided it with a new one: a bookshelf. The philosophy of the emerging parasite furniture collection is giving new use to old furniture by distorting it with visual errors. Photos by Éva Szombat.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Bookcase and Cat tree in one. Would you like to get your Cat a cat tree but don’t like the traditional ones? This is why we designed the CatCase. With the CatCase neither you nor your Cat will have to compromise because it combines a bookcase and a cat tree in one. It stores books, dvds etc. while at the same time being the ideal playground for your Cat.Inside the CatCase your Cat can sleep or jump like on a stairs from shelf to shelf in order to finally reach the top level from where it has a great and comfortable lookout. Cats feel best high up with a clear view in all directions; this is exactly what the CatCase offers. At the same time, your books are completely safe because the shelves containing them are protected by a back wall. The shelves which are used to jump up, cannot be used to store books, but they do contain a fitted carpet so that your Cat can sharpen its nails on the way up or down!