Italy – When in the hands of its reader, a book become one thing with the human holding it. Inspired by this merging of space and thought, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto created BOOKCHAIR, a compact and essential bookcase from which you can extract a chair.
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The design features a chair fitting into a cut-out section of a bookshelf. The hybrid storage and chair furniture was developed fot Italian brand Alias. ‘‘Bookchair comes to life through the aggregation of a new element, the chair within the bookcase, based on a concept that aims to reflect the basic, fundamental relationship between a book and its reader.” Commented Sou Fujimoto.
The simple and extremely clean configuration of the bookcase is enriched by the soft, sinuous lines of the chair which, according to the use, may be kept in a space inside the bookcase or, when in use, may stand free in the space of the home. Thus, “the bookcase becomes an element of the environment where it is installed, playing an active, continually changing role.”
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Made from wooden fibre panels, Bookchair is available in one colour only – white – in order to underline the abstractness of the product and the strong ties between the content and the container, between the container and the user.
“A new veritable object within the object, which underscores the relationship between men and books: after choosing a book, the reader can take the chair and sit down to read it.” Comment at Italian furniture brand Alias.
Alias is an established Italian furniture brand collaborating with international designers with a constantly open-minded approach to the use of new materials and technological experimentation.
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All images: courtesy of Alias.