Nitzan Cohen Nan Shelf with books

A little tilt means an end to bookends with this lightweight and flexible modular storage solution, as gravity takes over and leans each volume against another.

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Nitzan Cohen Nan Shelf

Nitzan Cohen‘s design makes each module a stand-alone element, able to be configured as desired – including a choice between sleek black or a Pantone-like spectrum spanning a range of palettes.

But it goes beyond that as well: each book or binder is as flexible as the storage system – pull one out and you do not need to move your bookends back together to fill the void, as the next book(s) will naturally fall back into place. A neat system, in more ways than one.

Nitzan Cohen Nan Shelf pink red

More info from the designer:

“This slightly peculiar book shelf comes from the frustration that bookshelves almost always fail to do what its name suggest, and keep the books without the help of extra elements or bookends. My reaction to it was the naïve thought that if the bookends are anyways there, why not try and make a complete shelf out of them. The most common bookends being made of folded sheet steel dictated the material and the only thing left was solving some gravity issues…”

Nitzan Cohen Nan Shelf drawing

“This design is made with only two parts, which can be combined to form a shelf of any length or height. The structure assembles without tools and can always extend or change. A larger shelf makes also for a very graphic room divider; where the backsides of shelves are not usually attractive, we gave as much importance to back as to the front. The slanted elements are a direct result from the question I posed to the structure; it is a logical and pragmatic solution, resulting in a very distinct image which conveys its evident use.”

About Nitzan Cohen:

“After several years as a designer at Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, and earlier graduating from the design academy in Eindhoven; Nitzan Cohen established his own design practice- Studio Nitzan Cohen. A multi disciplinary design studio engaged in projects ranging from industrial products, furniture and spaces to art-direction and strategic consultancy. Collaborating with a wide range of partners -from large international corporations to small artisnal workshops, cultural institues  and Museums.”