Furniture taken out of context can be misleading – sure, it looks great in the pictures but what will it do for (or to) an actual living space in a real room of your home? These sizable shelving units are as much about making space as they are about storing books and other odds and ends. Most importantly, they are shown in creative interior design contexts rather than posed against blank white backgrounds.
Set along a wall in a modern home, these designer storage objects by Alf De Fre begin to blur the boundaries between architecture, interior and furniture design. Spatially, they seem as much like extensions of the surrounding walls or art placed against them as they do places to put things. They are more than just bookcases or shelving units.
Hanging wall and flush floor units are more physically connected to wall surfaces, but the shelving and cabinets set in the center of a room are arguably even more architectural. These serve as spatial dividers and room separators, semi-permeable barriers that act like partition walls as well as storage areas. Two notable Alf de Fré collections of living room organization products and modern shelves include the ‘My Space’ series and the ‘Day’ Series.
“A collection, a distinguished response to novel home living requirements, which relies on two primary references: functionality and aesthetics. My space, the new definition of a living area. A range which designs the bookcase as the functional centre of daily life, providing maximum versatility when it comes to the composition and style. Bookcase with side panels providing excellent versatility across the thickness. The system is characterized by 35 mm sides and shelves which bring to the forefront, the quality and solidity.”
“Day collection is a versatile system for all rooms within the home, offering complete compositional freedom. Storage units, shelves, back panels, benches and drawers to create traditional modules or new compositions which present a play of filled and empty space. The numerous finishes can be matched to varied tastes and requirements.”