Red Blue Shelf 2011

The relentless search for the perfect shelving system to house books, drinks, and music in one’s living room, without having to relegate oneself to clinical ‘modern’ units, triggered the design for the Red Blue Shelf. We were after that special something which would be more than just shelving, perhaps something in between painting and furniture.

During a visit to London’s Tate Modern we imagined Mondrian’s 1937 Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red to take on a three dimensional form. We were also inspired by the innovative structural solution adopted by Gerrit Rietveld for his iconic Red Blue Chair, conceived some twenty years before Mondrian’s masterpiece.

Launched during the first Malta Design Week in 2011, it received particular attention from a contingent of journalists from Utrecht, Rietveld’s birthplace, who happily published the piece in their hometown.

Not many pieces were sold in its original format – many a client fearing that the primary colours might be too bright for their homes – so a series of tamer versions in natural timber & marble shelves were developed and proved popular in local market.

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Bringing together Mondrian and Rietveld by utilizing the chair’s structure to support and frame a Mondrian-esque composition, it is part sculpture part modular system that stores  but also comes apart: its parts becoming a series of functional objects. The inserts consist of removable and interchangeable shelves, drawers, cupboards and trays. Its black structure is built out of solid tulipwood, and the shelves and storage out of MDF.

Not just another piece out of a long factory assembly line, the Red Blue shelf was determined to instil a sense of craftsmanship and the hand-made right up to its finishing touches; with both structure & inserts being entirely hand painted.

 

 

RED BLUE SHELF 2011

The relentless search for the perfect shelving system to house books, drinks, and music in one’s living room, without having to relegate oneself to clinical ‘modern’ units, triggered the design for the Red Blue Shelf. We were after that special something which would be more than just shelving, perhaps something in between painting and furniture.

During a visit to London’s Tate Modern we imagined Mondrian’s 1937Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red to take on a three dimensional form. We were also inspired by the innovative structural solution adopted by Gerrit Rietveld for his iconic Red Blue Chair, conceived some twenty years before Mondrian’s masterpiece.

Bringing together Mondrian and Rietveld by utilizing the chair’s structure to support and frame a Mondrian-esque composition, it is part sculpture part modular system that stores but also comes apart: its parts becoming a series of functional objects. The inserts consist of removable and interchangeable shelves, drawers, cupboards and trays. Its black structure is built out of solid tulipwood, and the shelves and storage out of MDF.

Not just another piece out of a long factory assembly line, the Red Blue shelf was determined to instill a sense of craftsmanship and the hand-made right up to its finishing touches; with both structure & inserts being entirely hand painted.

Launched during the first Malta Design Week in 2011, it received particular attention from a contingent of journalists from Utrecht, Rietveld’s birthplace, who happily published the piece in their hometown.

Not many pieces were sold in its original format – many a client fearing that the primary colours might be too bright for their homes – so a series of tamer versions in natural timber & marble shelves were developed and proved popular in local market.

PROJECT TEAM: Chris Briffa, Sandro Valentino

PRICE ON REQUEST