Flexible Shelving

Edited by: Roberta De Monte @Roberta_DeMonte

Where: Nowhere

Design by: Natascha Harra-Frischkorn

Proofreading: Fanny De Monte


A bookcase that opens up as the mind of the readers, a thin line that magically turns into a container: ‘Chuck’ is the new articulated and flexible shelving system conceived by the German designer Natascha Harra-Frischkorn.


Consisting of two simple metal elements that support six 4-mm thick curved wood sheets, ‘Chuck’ is virtually invisible when it does not contain any book or object.

And that’s what makes it completely different from any other bookcase: it fulfils its function without burdening the surrounding space.


Then, upon inserting a book or another object, we can create a brand new organic shape each time. Therefore, ‘Chuck’ does not have a fixed pre-established shape as it is actually determined by the books that we insert. It is not a simple open-close system, yet a model offering several possibilities and a unique versatility. Just remove or add a book to completely modify the look of your bookcase that will continue to change every time you modify or rearrange the objects contained in it.


The final appearance can be created in two different ways: the first is random and the objects can be placed in a completely unpredictable way, allowing for the bookcase to take any shape, while the second one is the result of a long reflection to choose what books to put in and create a specific shape.



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About the Author

My career started studying classic literature and humanities, after that, I chose to attend the college of Architecture in the University of Trieste, Italy, my hometown and the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in the Politecnico of Valencia, Spain.
When I came back to Italy, I collaborated as tutor in the IUAV (University IUAV of Venezia) and in the University of Trieste.
In 2011, I started working as architect in London, meanwhile I joined the Posi+tive Magazine's architectural department as editor.
In 2012 I began a new activity, as co-founder of zero40lab, an architecture laboratory in Italy.

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