Balancing the books

It’s always nice to see a design that totally rethinks a concept – in this case, book shelves.

Bloom
Balancing the books

Design duo Raw Edges (Yael Mer and Shay Alkala) has created this brilliant new piece Bloom, which was commissioned by the British Council with the aim of engaging international audiences with British design and literature.

Raw Edges plays with the Bloom strings
Design duo Raw Edges (Yael Mer and Shay Alkala)

The piece combines the function of room divider, loom and bookshelf to create a clever installation.

Putting the books into Bloom
Bloom

Bloom’s wooden frame uses string book supports to allow the books to become part of the piece, meaning that its appearance changes depending on the reading habits of the user.

Bloom
Raw Edges plays with the Bloom strings

Bloom is debuting at Milan Furniture Fair’s MOST space this week, and will then return to London to present the works of Granta Magazine’s eighty Best Young British Novelists shortlist. The winner is to be announced on April 15.

Bloom
Putting the books into Bloom

Bloom will then be shown at Clerkenwell Design Week, before setting off on a globetrotting tour visiting countries including Russia, Qatar and India.

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