munkii baroque bookcase

New bookcases are almost always built with straight sides and simple shelves for a reason beyond simplicity of construction. Like standard shelving, these fit neatly into rectilinear interior spaces — but on the inside, they are shaped to surprise.

From design studio Munkii comes a fun spin on vintage bookcases that maintains a clean-line modern sensibility on the outside, yet conveys a different message entirely thanks to its cut-out facade.

munkii baroque detail

Munkii describes their design as “flamboyantly baroque” as it clearly draws on ornate custom-cut curves of classic wood-worked dressers and cases. The velvety red-brown interior is also a reference to this materiality, while the white frame serves as a blank canvas backdrop for the core decor.

munkii baroque bookcase

Right angles make it easy to put this piece in a corner or against a wall – functional for small and contemporary rooms – while also making a bold design statement. Why can’t you have both?

It might be tempting to classify this kind of vintage-style revivalism as ‘postmodern’ but … somehow the results seem to be classier (though kitsch may be in the eye of the beholder.

vintage cutout bookcase design

If you are looking for simple white shelves to blend into the background, this may not be for you … if you want an ornately-curved centerpiece that stands out, however, Vintage provides an alternative to purely abstract modern art furniture.

vintage modern bookcase

“Munkii is a modern furniture studio co-founded in 2006 with designer Jaren Goh at the helm of our creative team. It gives us the opportunity to inject our own flavor and perspective in the contemporary living space. Our design summarizes the brand and we are fanatical in creating furniture pieces that refuse to be ignored and crave your attention yet agreeing with basic human impressions and expectations. They are great additions that flaunt both beauty and individuality. Designs that are just keen to rouse your space.”