New Order
Stefan Diez Wednesday 14 Jan 2015

Designed by Stefan Diez for HAY, the New Order shelving system is a product of its time as the shelving unit becomes a stage for storytelling, somewhere to exhibit personal objects and curios collected over the years.

New Order matches the needs of today's generation by providing a shelving system that is so flexible in structure and composition that it can be modified, expanded and customised in endless variations. The system is industrial, in a strong modern material with exceptional properties. It can be tall or short, wide or narrow, open or closed, or indeed any combination in between.

The system is based a simple grid with innovative elements up to 2m in length, allowing the user to build open compositions or closed constructions with side panels and sliding doors. The exterior is clean and minimalist, available in classic (black, light grey and army) and contemporary (yellow, red and chocolate) colours. This colour selection can be combined with natural ash or oak, stained black or light grey ash.

New Order can also be mounted on the wall, offering functional storage and a visual renewal of interior space. The corner module lets the user slip their shelving system around a corner or design your own closed formations or a semi-closed room in a room, while New Order trays provide a contemporary alternative to shelves.

The original system was designed with a primarily domestic environment in mind, however a range of extensions now support its potential in the world of workspaces. Textile covered acoustic panels reduce environmental noise and simultaneously serve as pin boards. Matching tables built from functional aluminium profiles fit in the horizontal as well as the vertical grid of new order, with a basic cable management system integrated in the structure.

Founder and Designer at HAY, Rolf Hay comments: "New Order sets new standards for shelving systems because the industrial manufacturing process has been incorporated into the product design from the outset. The functionality is exceptional, with doors that can be clicked on and off without the use of tools; and the aesthetic experience is equally convincing."

Photo Credit: Rasmus Norlander. Gerhardt Kellermann with Jonathan Mauloubier.