pine and rope shelves multipurpose

Custom-design a cabinet that stores or displays absolutely any items that can fit within the four wooden walls of ‘Nó,’ a collaborative furniture project that uses strung and knotted rope in place of shelves. Versatile and compact, the shelf can be changed any time you like to accommodate new collections and uses.

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pine and rope shelves

Made of autoclaved pine and durable polyester cord, the shelf offers virtually limitless possibilities to hold objects inside and out, from books to small personal items like sunglasses and phone charging cables. Stack shoes or paperwork with simple stretched lines or get more complex and engineer rope baskets for potted plants.

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The 6-meter (19.6-foot) cord is long enough to wrap in all sorts of ways. Don’t need a lot of that length to hold the items inside? Try your hand at some decorative knots on the exterior. This piece by Lucas Couto and Pedro Augusto Rocha doesn’t appear to be for sale, but would be easy to replicate on your own with a few simple materials and tools.

In fact, the best thing about this project is its virtually limitless scalability, not to mention the fact that it’s endlessly customizable. Just make a bigger version if you need to store larger objects, and then design your rope supports however you need them for any future items you decide to store or display.

pine and rope shelves customizable

From the designers:

“Nó is a versatile and compact piece of furniture that occupies a small area in a room, but provides an useful vertical space for various applications. Its use can be defined by the user according to his needs. The arrangement of the strings can generate several kinds of supports and organizers that make life easier for those using it.”

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“Nó is made in autoclaved Pinus 20mm thick, the autoclave system in Pinus ensures durability and prevents attacks by fungi and insects. The cord used is a polyester cord 12mm diameter and 6 m in length.”