Xanxan Shelf by Smallgran studio

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Xanxan

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Shelf

INSPIRATION:
Xanxan was first conceived under the challenge of reducing the material cost and ecological impact of an existing concept. As market research went on, the lack of flexibility and adaptability of the existing shelves to user and space needs drove the project to the final solution. The project was self-commissioned from the studio itself as a means to prove its design skills.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Xanxan is a shelf featuring customizable configurations and optimized transport and storage space. The product consists of two anchor posts to which a web of strings is fastened. It includes a simple mechanism that allows the user to adjust the tension of each string in order to provide a straight support surface. Xanxan can hold everything a standard shelf holds and it can act as a hanger, too. But more importantly: compared to a standard shelf, Xanxan uses seven times less wood, requires a storage space nine times lower and weights four times less.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
For the installation, the user first needs to decide the position of each post. With the anchor posts fixed, four string segments are then tied to them in a zig-zag manner. After the strings are installed, the pegs must be turned. With every turn, the strand twists on itself increasing its tension becoming able to support weight. Once the strings are taut, the shelf can be filled with books, Cd's, etc. Over time the shelf can lose its tension, this is fixed by giving the pegs a few more turns.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in the Polytechnical University of Valencia, where its first 5 months of development took part. After finishing their degree, Smallgran founders created the Valencia based studio where the design was then finished after 7 more months of work.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The wooden pieces are formed by lathing the hard Maple Wood and later drilling the holes: three for the screws at the base and four for the strings at the pole. This process can be done by hand for loose units or through automated processes for industrial scale units. The string is a standard Paracord that the user cuts at a specific length according to the distance at which the two anchor posts are installed.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Product: 300-1500* mm x 220 mm x 85 mm. * This dimension depends on how it is installed. Package: 90 mm x 70 mm x 245 mm Weight supported: up to 20 kg.

TAGS:
Xanxan, Minimum Shelf, Shelf, Adaptable, Customizable, Hanger, Space Saving, Material Saving, Sustainable, Cord, Rope

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project was driven by market research and experimentation. After finding a market niche in adaptable shelves, the concept design phase was based on modeling and testing. We had to meet the requisites fixed by the best-selling shelves, so we developed several prototypes and tested them. The final solution was picked based on its simplicity, performance and interaction. At the detailed design phase, we worked with master carpenters to pick the best materials and shape manufacture-wise.

CHALLENGE:
The main design challenge was to develop a fresh solution while reducing the material and ecological cost of an existing concept. From the technical perspective, we had three challenges: - Designing a tensioning mechanism. It had to fix the strings allowing for progressive tensioning and we needed to keep it simple to maintain the cost low. - Finding a wood that is light-weight, cheap, resistant and tough enough. - Finding a rope that holds its mechanical and dimensional properties over time.

ADDED DATE:
2017-04-06 15:04:59

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Luis Herram, Carles Marquina Selfa, Francesc Duart Escribà, Carlos Carrasco Fraile and Borja Miret García

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Smallgran, Xanxan, 2016.
Image #2: Smallgran, Xanxan, 2016.
Image #3: Smallgran, Xanxan, 2016.
Image #4: Smallgran, Xanxan, 2016.
Image #5: Smallgran, Xanxan, 2016.


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Smallgran

PROFILE:
Young product design studio, located in Valencia, Spain. Smallgran offers graphic and product design services to national and international companies. At the same time, sells its own designs, such as the Álsol Pitcher, which has been recognized by significant means.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Xanxan Shelf by Smallgran Studio is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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Xanxan Shelf by Smallgran Studio is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2016 - 2017.

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