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Planophore Shelving Unit from Barber Osgerby

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British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have created a shelving unit with Mid-Century overtones—that may eventually rate as a 21st Century furniture classic. Planophore, which takes its name from an 1871 airplane model, is a four-shelf system created for Vitra, comprised of solid wood horizontal planks and vertical movable panels of aluminum, each element given gently rounded — Continue reading …




 

 

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British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have created a shelving unit with Mid-Century overtones—that may eventually rate as a 21st Century furniture classic. Planophore, which takes its name from an 1871 airplane model, is a four-shelf system created for Vitra, comprised of solid wood horizontal planks and vertical movable panels of aluminum, each element given gently rounded edges meant to mimic the shape of airplane wings.

The unit’s novel feature resides in its vertical panels, which pivot at varying angles to function as book ends when completely vertical, as backdrop for displayed objects when turned at an angle, or as solid privacy screen or room divider when placed parallel to the shelves.

Available in two widths and dark or light finishes, Planophore, which made its debut in Milan earlier this year, and will star for Vitra at next month’s London Design Festival, has the clean geometry and visual flair of 20th Century shelving classics like Charlotte Perriand’s Nuage series or the famous Eames storage units—but manages to make a handsome, innovative, and contemporary statement all its own.Planohore_dark_web

Images: Barber Osgerby


 

 

 
 
 

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