malagana: equilibrium bookcase
malagana: equilibrium bookcase malagana: equilibrium bookcase
may 13, 2011

malagana: equilibrium bookcase

‘equilibrium’ bookcase, designed by alejandro gomez stubbs of malagana design all images © monica barreneche

created by colombian-born, US-based designer alejandro gomez stubbs for his studio malagana design, ‘equilibrium’ bookcase relies on stacked angled modules that not only create a playful aesthetic effect but also integrate bookend functionality directly into the shelf design.

measuring 6.5-feet high by 2-feet wide and 15-inches deep (199 x 63 x 38 cm), ‘equilibrium’ is capable of holding over 120 pounds (54kg) of weight over its five compartments. a walnut veneer exterior is produced with either white, celeste blue, or graphite interior, with custom colours available by request.

the bookshelf’s modules are connected with a steel joint designed to withstand the weight of the books. the cantilevered design forces the load of the weight towards the center, while the tilt of the compartments replaces bookends with the force of gravity, keeping books together. capable of being disassembled and fit into the two largest pieces, the set is easily assembled by hand from the five component modules, without the need for tools or additional hardware.

‘equilibrium’ is on exhibition during new york design week 2011 as part of american design club‘s use me show.

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  • Excelente ver como colegas y compatriotas orgullosamente Colombianos, triunfan exponiendo sus ideas, conceptos y proyectos, en enventos como el new york design week 2011.

    Ahora bien, que buen proyecto¡¡¡¡ excelente diseño, la calidad del trabajo sin palabras, esperamos ver mas muy pronto.

    Chavenatto says:
  • Well if a kid plays around with this furniture, I don’t think it would last for more than 1 month

    cobi says:
  • Cool design!

    elf says:
  • Is it available to purchase? I want one!!

    melbs says:
  • wondering if the bookcase is full of a book and i take 10 lbs from the 2nd case from bottom, could it still ok?

    karasu6164 says:

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