ropeshelf is a bookcase where the usually solid, horizontal shelves are replaced by flexible, slant ones consisting of layers of rope fastened to a frame.
Whereas conventional shelving systems - as storage furniture for objects - are functionally adjusted to optimal spatial use and order, the ropeshelf breaks away from this target.
Except for the frame, there are no horizontal and vertical lines, but only falling and rising diagonals. The resulting storage compartments are no longer rectangular, but form differently shaped spaces. As the ropes have a relatively small diameter, the ropeshelf gets a very graphical appearance. Depending on the viewing angle, the strained, flexible layers of rope form a moiré pattern, a visual effect created by overlaying two sets of parallel lines at an angle.
All these characteristics alienate the familiar image of a shelving system. So the predominant feature of this piece of furniture is no longer its optimal use of space or its ordering nature, but its appearance.
[text by sophiedesignproject.com 2008]
ropes + stainless steel
© 2008 by Laszlo Rozsnoki