In the 1960s, famed furniture designer Gianfranco Frattini introduced to the world a beautiful new type of bookcase. The designer’s spinning bookcase featured cube-shaped shelves that were stylish enough to display art objects alongside books. Shown below alongside the modern version by designers Poltrona Frau, the spinning bookshelf was a revolution in modern design – and Poltrona Frau’s update is a masterpiece in the same vein as the classic.
The updated version of the rotating bookshelf is called Albero, which is Italian for “tree.” The shelf, held in place by tension rods, does in fact resemble a tree with branches extending from its central trunk. The rotating cubes are a modernized update of the classic design, creating a cleaner and airier aesthetic.
Each cube is customizable and can be moved around the “trunk” to fit your specific design needs. The stylish, modern bookshelf has an extremely tiny footprint, making it perfect for smaller homes where a traditional bookcase would be impractical. Just like its classic inspiration, the updated Albero bookcase is fit for displaying your most prized decorative objects alongside your book collection.