An artist's creativity combined with a great company’s technology results in to a bookcase design of industrial scale that can rightfully be considered the world’s most daring and revolutionary: Bookworm, the flexible bookshelf. A careful analysis of extrusion technology has allowed the creation of a curvy bookcase which assumes any desired shape, without compromising toughness and functionality. Unlimited shapes can be formed, limited only by personal creativity. Available in three different lengths, Bookworm is marked by a serious of bookend supports. Bookworm combines flexibility and superior durability allowing for a load of around 10 kg for each support. It is advisable to wall-mount the shelf in a curved shape to keep the materials in tension and to increase resistance once loaded.
- Batch-dyed Fire-retardant PVC
- Sort Bookcase Width: 320 cm / 126 inch
- Medium Bookcase Width: 520 cm / 204.8 inch
- Long Bookcase Width: 820 cm / 322.9 inch
- Height: 19 cm / 7.5 inch
- Depth: 20 cm / 7.9 inch
Kartell's company story shines through in each and every one of its products. A commitment to the ever changing and advancing technology and versatility of plastic, Kartell's primary material, is at the heart of this Italian design house. Design integrity and innovation is another core element of Kartell's operations, highlighted by its partnerships with internationally acclaimed designers. Kartell's design roster includes Philippe Starck, Partricia Urquiola, Enzo Mari, Piero Lissoni, Vico Magistretti, Alberto Meda, Ferruccio Laviani and Ron Arad, among other top talent.read more...
Over a 63 year history, Kartell has positioned itself in the forefront of contemporary interior design, building an impressive resume of prestigious awards including several Compasso d'Oro awards - the oldest industrial design award in Europe. New York's Museum of Modern Art is also a collector of Kartell for its permanent collection, including the iconic modular Componibili storage unit by Anna Castelli Ferrieri.
Kartell's comprehensive catalogue includes a vast selection of products ranging from wall hooks to sofas - all available in bold beautiful colours and, of course, in Kartell's signature material: plastic. Proving that plastic can be beautiful has been a challenging goal exquisitely achieved by this design company. Kartell's products can be found and celebrated in private homes and public spaces all over the world.
Kartell Bookworm Bookcase Designed by:
- Ron Arad , 1994
Arad was born in Tel Aviv. He attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 1971–73 and the Architectural Association in London from 1974–79. In 1989, with Caroline Thorman, he founded Arad Associates, an architecture and design firm, in London. His brother is the violist and educator Atar Arad.
Arad's career as a designer began with the Rover chair. He was Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art from 1997 to 2009. Arad designed in 1994 the Bookworm bookcase, which was still produced in 2011 by the Italian company Kartell.
Arad's work has been described as "scary", considering its "macho concrete and cut metal; tense sheets of tempered steel and guillotine edges".
In 2005, Arad designed chandeliers for the Swarovski crystal company which if one has the number, can display text messages that are sent to it by incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) operated by SMS text messages. He also has had tables that climb walls instead of being centered in the room. Arad's works are often worked into distinctive biomorphic shapes and are created from his medium of choice, steel. He made plans to expand his studio in 2008.