Chuck by Natascha Harra-Frischkorn

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Shelving breaks its orthogonal boundaries with Chuck, a flexible shelving system conceived by German designer Natascha Harra-Frischkorn. Instead of parallel racks to hold the texts, Chuck is composed of six 4-mm bands of wood clamped at two fixed ends. The construction, though conceptual simple, yields a beautiful result and models the organic form of a NURBS curve, with a tangible manifestation of control points as the books placed in the shelf. Chuck – a flexible system by both physical and descriptive means – allows books to be placed not just vertically but also wedge in between the strips at various angles, such that grabbing a book from the shelf is like picking a fruit from the tree of knowledge.

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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