This design will not wow you with its unusual shapes, unique materials or uncanny colors. Their design strength lies in durable, high-quality woods that will not bend or break under heavy weight, and the myriad useful ways a few simple pieces can be assembled.

modular bookcase system

Each unit is designed to stack in an alternating, brick-like fashion. This is quite intentional, providing additional structural rigidity while also creating various interior volume sizes and allowing complete systems to wrap corners.

Individual Brick Boxes can be reversed so as to display books or other items on one side or the other, correspondingly adding white space to the composition of the other.

brickbox modules

Each box can be broken back down, packing flat for extra portability (if not being used to transport books). Their only hint of decor comes via the light wooden edges, adding smaller detail to the larger white-painted surfaces.

brickbat close up

Finally, each set of boxes can also be firmly interlocked for more permanent shelf storage, and/or raised up on casters and wheeled around a room. Currently, the the BrickBox is only for sale in Europe – and not entirely cheap, but nor is it cheaply made.

brickbat flat pack

Not shown, but suggested: other pieces of furniture could be constructed out of these as well (tables, chairs or benches, for instance) given their load-bearing capacity.

BrickBox is a patented modular storage system consisting of wooden boxes designed for transporting, storing and collecting culture: books, films and records. The modules can be joined together with no need for screws, and can form a wide range of structures: from a low cupboard to a huge set of bookshelves, including shelving screwed to the wall, cupboards, display cases, sideboards, bookshelves, bookcases or separators for demarcating different areas in the room.”

modular wall shelving

“The BrickBox modules rest directly on the ground. They do not need to be screwed to the wall, which makes assembly much easier and does not damage the walls. They can also be mounted on the legs (ideal for saving the skirtings) or wheels.”