SOM, American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines Iowa 1965, Ezra Stoller
Anodized Aluminum, Colored MDF
Philae is a modular bookshelf system made of cnc aluminum connectors and wooden panels. The structure works by triangulation–involving the use of triangular shapes to ensure stability and resistance to bending moments. The resulting inclination of the vertical panels enables books to safely stand with a 4° angle with no bookends.
The modular system allows a large variety of configurations: from a high and narrow shelf (215x150cm), to a standard bookshelf (presented here 170x240cm), and a long sideboard (90x420cm).
The anodized aluminum elements are identical and can be ordered in any ral color or in polished/raw finish. The wooden panels are standard 8/16mm boards, provided by any home store. The bookshelf is assembled-disassembled in standing position via M5 black screws, the main 16mm panels are free from any machining prior to assembly.
The name Philae stands as a reference to the Egyptian island Philae and its temple complex, and the lander Philae of the Rosetta spacecraft. The bookshelf embodies the correlation between timeless architecture and contemporary technologies.
On display at Raphael Kadid Objects