Origami Bookshelf by Liu Zulong and Xia Yiting

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Origami

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Bookshelf

INSPIRATION:
It is inspired by the debate over the function follows form or form follows the function. The design team discovered the storage problem of books from daily lives, i.e. how could books of different sizes be more reasonably placed on the same bookshelf. For that matter, they posed a solution based on a dialectical view of both functionalism and formalism.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This unique bookshelf looks like a project whose function follows the form, but actually it adheres to the design principle that the form follows the function. The staggered inclined arrangement can better meet the storage needs of books of different heights for a neat order. Special folds tie the elements of the bookshelf together, presenting an origami-like visual effect.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Every story covers a height ranging from 24cm to 32cm. With an average height of 28cm, it is able to contain ultra-large albums of 32cm, thus saving more space. The varying depths of the bookshelf match the heights of albums of large sizes. Moreover, the dynamic appearance better fits the modern space.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Started in June 2018 in Beijing, this project was finished in October 2020 in Henan and was exhibited in November 2020 in Caochangdi Arts, Beijing.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The materials like MidwestWalnut timberland FAS North American black walnut or Gutchess Timber F&B North American hard maple are readily available. The whole product is directly assembled by solid wood using mortise and tenon joint structure. With a base of oil-free paint, it is painted with German OSMO wax oil.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
780*1970*350mm

TAGS:
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RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
There are many shelves with odd appearances on the market, while the majority of them are studied with a focus on either function or form. We hope to manufacture a product that makes a breakthrough in classical design principles. The design of the origami bookshelf starts from the basic functional requirements, and then designs the structure in order to achieve the function and finally presents the form, which is an interpretation of that the form follows function. However, as for the people who see this shelf for the first time, they might consider it a purely formalistic shelf.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge during design process lies in how to perceive these two classical design principles and give an ideal answer. Additionally, this product is more than a study, but has also considered its durability, and adaptability in different using environments. As for the support structure, the design team employs a base made of 4mm stainless steel, which, equipped with anti-dumping metal connectors, can ensure the shelf is stable enough and creates a visual effect that as if the shelf is floating.

ADDED DATE:
2021-12-10 06:49:03

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Liu Zulong and Xia Yiting

IMAGE CREDITS:
Liu Zulong and Xia Yiting, 2021.

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Beijing Yeak Tech Co. Ltd.

PROFILE:
Yeak Design is a design-driven furniture enterprise integrating production and sales. We are committed to providing consumers with high-quality furniture products. We also hope that through our design, we can deliver the values of continuous innovation, breaking through the existing boundaries and finding new possibilities.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Origami Bookshelf by Liu Zulong and Xia Yiting is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Origami Bookshelf by Liu Zulong and Xia Yiting is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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