Cutline Furniture: Sliced Planes Reveal Shadowed Spaces

Open or closed – storage furniture is usually a matter of this clean-cut, black-and-white duality. This series explores a gray area that goes deeper than the same-named surface paint color.

Conceptually, it is clear what Italian designer Alessandro Busana is doing at a glance: a theoretical solid is sliced at an angle neither parallel nor perpendicular to the rectilinear shape being intersected, thus revealing some portion of what lies inside.

The effect, however, is nuanced – some shelves have resulting full exposure on one or more sides, while others remain semi-hidden in shadow or entirely concealed within the box, providing, on a practical level, a gradient of open and enclosed storage spaces.

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