Kurio Modular Shelfing System by Markus Hofko

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Kurio

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Modular Shelfing System

INSPIRATION:
The basic idea is inspired by the Cabinets Of Curiosities (hence the name Kurio) of the late renaissance. These wooden cabinets were shelfing systems with various boxes of different sizes, to hold objects of wonder from all around the world and juxtapose them in intriguing arrangements. These and similar concepts of showcases of the 70s and 80s were fixed in their design. Kurio in comparison is a modular system and can be changed and re-arranged with ease.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Kurio is a unique and versatile shelf-board system with a regular grid of slits holding elegant thin aluminium panels. These panels can be placed in any order and interconnect when tucked together vertically and horizontally. This system does not require any screws or tools and allows for an instant change of the layout. Board and panels are available in various colours and sizes giving the freedom to create various looks. Kurio can be expanded by interconnection with any other Kurio.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The aluminium panels should first be placed horizontally. These can hold the vertical panels when tucked together and will together form a stable system.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2018 and the first prototype was shown at Blickfang Vienna. It was finished in January 2019.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
CNC cut Aluminium panels, anodised. Coloured MDF board with milled 2mm slits.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Current model: Board 500 x 15 x 800 Panels 400 x 80, 300 x 80 and 200 x 80 Slit depth 12mm Different sizes will follow and allow for even more flexibility

TAGS:
Shelf, modular, modularity, flexible design, type case, display, showcase, adaptability, wall mounted, home and living, home accessories

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
After the idea for Kurio came about I started to search the marketplace for similar shelfing systems which allowed a modular set up. To my surprise I couldn’t find many modular systems at all, and these appeared rather stiff and complicated. Particularly the field of smaller decorative shelves was not massively covered and especially lacking ideas for individual set ups. After this investigation I felt strengthened to realise Kurio as an easy to use and instantly modular shelfing system that feels modern and sophisticated.

CHALLENGE:
Finding the perfect balance between minimalist/elegant design and functionality/longevity. The aim was to keep the shelf elements thin and light. We looked into different metals and ways to colorise them. We chose aluminium because it is lightweight, cost effective, can be anodised in many colours and is easy to mill. Another challenge was to find a coloured surface based on wood which would allow clean cuts for the slits. We experimented with multiplex panels but found that the wood was too sensitive and „alive“ when placed in different temperatures and humidities. Eventually we found coloured MDF by Innovus to have the perfect properties: easy to mill, form stable under any condition, and coloured all the way through, providing a cleaner look overall.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-10 18:52:38

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Markus Hofko, 2019
Image #2: Photographer Markus Hofko, 2019
Image #3: Photographer Markus Hofko, 2019
Image #4: Photographer Markus Hofko, 2019

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Von Morgen

PROFILE:
Led by artist, designer, filmmaker and publicist Markus Hofko the small German studio manufactures high quality furniture and homeware which impress by their minimalist executions. With timelessness, modularity and innovative material design in mind Von Morgen creates objects which are considered and subtly futuristic.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Kurio Modular Shelfing System by Markus Hofko is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Kurio Modular Shelfing System by Markus Hofko is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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