Stri-Cube modular bookcase stacked

Why pay more for modularity when light, cheap and portable will do? That is the question this creative modular bookcase system seeks to answer, using a series of simple cardboard sheets cut into sturdy square-box storage shelves.

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Stri-Cube modular bookcase

Minimalist designer Dany Gilles used a kit-of-parts approach, raiding recycling bins for usable scrap (as can be seen via the labels on the sides of the boxes). The interlocking parts create a system of stable stand-alone book or display shelves that are each structurally independent from the next.

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A set of top-and-bottom, tongue-and-groove ‘lips’ and ‘slots’ makes it easy to stack one unit on top of the next. While the result may not be as waterproof or generally durable as the IKEA equivalent, it is certainly much cheaper and lighter.

“Stri-cube is a double wall corrugated cardboard bookcase module. Like a construction game, requiring no gluing, it is assembled by fitting 20 pieces together. By stacking the modules, many combinations can be imagined, thus forming a personal modular shelving.”

+ Double corrugated 7mm corrugated cardboard
+ Internal dimensions: 354 x 354 x 330 mm
+ External dimensions: 454 x 454 x 330 mm
+ Package weight: 1,400kg
+ RCV test (compressive strength values): 200kg


Other projects by Gilles explore innovative and material-efficient ways to recycle ordinary scrap paper and use standard-dimension building elements (like dimensional lumber) to create simple, unique and functional everyday objects including coat racks, lamps and more.

About designer Dany Gilles

Graduated from ESAM design in Paris in 2000. Dany Gilles works in interior design, furniture, and product design. At the same time as his activity, he trained in the land with Marie-France Guarneri. His projects are born from the desire to experiment and create objects highlighting the mechanical properties of the earth. Dany Gilles directs his thinking in a pragmatic dimension, in order to create unique and useful objects, ranging from unique pieces to small series.”