We just can’t get enough of innovative Dutch design here at Inhabitat and here’s one more great furniture design to add to our catalog. Libraries all over The Netherlands have suddenly found it essential to stock up on Daan Roosegaarde’s Variant shelves. Deftly hand-constructed out of recycled cardboard, the curious constructions were initially conceived at AKI art academy in Enschede where Roosegaarde studied sculpture. The Rotterdam-based designer soon found himself starting up a production line overnight after library bigwigs got whiff of his class project.
Having also earned his stripes in architecture at the prestigious Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Daan Roosegaarde is immensely interested in integrating functional sculpture into banal, everyday environments. The Variant shelf, aptly named because each edition is uniquely designed and hand-assembled by Roosegaarde, features a cosy enclosure which allows readers to remain tucked away in their own private little universe while being cocooned by a tower of books. As a teenager, Roosegaarde worked and slept in a used bookstore. In a sense, the Variant shelf is his way of recreating the experience in which one finds solace in the intimate security of a few musky volumes.