I have a certain bias against bookshelves that do not include wood as an integral element. The reason for this is possibly my upbringing around wooden shelves that made my book collection smell a little warm and earthy. Well, I am not judging a bookcase by its odor, but it is important that we move past full-fledged wooden designs and contribute toward the betterment of the planet by exploring other materials. And Jazz bookcase by Giuseppe Bavuso does exactly that.
The Jazz bookcase is a part of Lapalma catalog of the designer. As evident from the name, the bookcase is inspired by jazz music. The music genre is known for its elegance, harmony, and rhythm; in the same way, the Jazz bookshelf also adds elegance and rhythm to a contemporary living space.
The entire aluminum structure rests on an MDF base and supports multiple cylindrical elements that appear to arise spontaneously from one shelf to another. It seems like the branches of the tree are growing out from the main trunk. They keep rising and later join the other shelf to form another MDF plank (a bench of sorts) to place accessories and books and to add strength to the structure. This way, it joins the topmost shelf to form a stable structure.
The cylindrical elements are sandwiched between the shelves and can be easily disassembled and recycled in the spirit of a circular economy. The structure can be extended or decreased in height as per the user’s need. Overall, it is an example of linear elegance blended with extremely functional furnishing.
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Suited for libraries, offices, and even homes; the Jazz Bookcase not only adds rhythm to a space but also shines with its aesthetic ability. So, what we see is a smooth equilibrium between the solidity of the bookcase and its aesthetic variability. The design will be showcased at the 60th edition of Salone del Mobile 2022.