Malagana Design Thursday 23 Jun 2011

Bookcases are traditionally shaped by their function. Designed to hold heavy, delicate and valuable items, they commonly look rigid and static.

Equilibrium is a modular bookcase designed to break away from that paradigm by juxtaposing delicacy and heaviness with animation and weightlessness. With five modules stacked upon each other at a single angled point, the self-standing bookcase creates a sense of amusement and surprise in the viewer. But while its compartments seem to float in the air, Equilibrium can hold over 160 Lbs of weight. Beyond its innovative design language, Equilibrium also addresses some important functional issues. Books and magazines are not good candidates to be stored vertically, common solutions to prevent them from sliding include bookends, decorative products, or a leaning book that works as a literary buttress.

Equilibrium stores books in a natural tilted position that eliminates the need for bookends while maintaining the books easy to access. Another practical and important advantage is that the product disassembles for shipping. The modules nest inside each other and it ships in a single, smaller box that is easy to handle. But more impressively -and with user experience in mind- Equilibrium can be assembled by the customer in less than 5 minutes without any tools or hardware. All this without compromising stability or functionality.