‘scatter shelf’ by nendo photos by masayuki hayashi

‘scatter shelf’ is a storage unit composed of 5mm black acrylic shelves arranged in a grid form, stacked in three layers and slightly displaced. designed by japanese studio nendo, the resulting shelving unit is not only structurally strong, but also creates a visual effect in which the objects placed on the shelves appear as though they are caught in a spider’s web when viewed from the front.

when viewed from an angle, the glossy acrylic face creates a series of reflections within the shelves, making the ‘opaque’ acrylic appear to be transparent. the diffused reflections caused by the ‘surfaces’ shine and form, separating and scattering the view behind the shelving unit, creating a completely kaleidoscopic effect.

‘scatter shelf’ is on show at carpenter’s workshop gallery in london during the frieze art fair and friedman benda in new york from november 3rd – december 10th, 2011.

nendo: scatter shelf the acrylic is arranged in a grid-like formation

nendo: scatter shelf the glossy surface creates reflections within the shelves

nendo: scatter shelf

nendo: scatter shelf up close

nendo: scatter shelf 3/4 view

nendo: scatter shelf detail

nendo: scatter shelf detail

nendo: scatter shelf ‘scatter shelf’