Leave it to a rather offbeat Russian industrial designer to keep probing the limits of Postermodernism as a design strategy and style, mingling literal interpretations, blunt colors and strange abstractions in this series of book storage solutions.

tectonic light up

Tembolat Gugkeav lets you know that this earthquake-shaken piece, for instance, was indeed inspired by ground tremors by titling it the Tectonic Bookcase.

From DigsDigs:

“The 21-th century is becoming the age of individuality. Equal consumer goods pall on people, so there is a tendency for exclusive things to be more valuable than even mass brand ones. One of young designers from Russia, the Ossetian Tembolat Gugkaev, decided to experiment on forms of furniture, particularly on bookcases. He implemented his ideas in such a brilliant way taking into account beautiful, balanced form transformations, advantages, and utilities of the tectonic bookcase.”

“You see the shelves constructed chaotically, in different shapes of trapezia and rectangles, and taken various angles, but it still allows books or other things not to fall out from there. Underneath, there is a basic cabinet on two feet that supports the open shelves and has nice irregular doors. The cabinet is lit on the inside of the open shelves and it looks charming in the darkness.”

curving cabinet

In turn, the Wha Cabinet is also definitely a stylized question mark, with a (literal and figurative) twist as it bends to shine light on your reading space and colorfully illuminates its own shelves, too.

bookcase chair

Tatik, a kind of jagged book storage system commingled with a rather odd-looking, striped-cushion seat starts to look more silly than serious, though not altogether impractical. It wouldn’t be the worst thing to have a large selection of books at your fingertips while lounging.


Though fanciful, the Cutshelves concept is actually rather doable, too, and would definitely work well to create built-ins that create integrated interest in a boring blank white wall.