ES Shelf

A work made of beech wood.
© Nils Holger Moormann GmbH.

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  • A work made of beech wood.

Date:

1999

Artist:

Konstantin Grcic (German, born 1965)
Manufactured by Moormann (German, founded 1982)

About this artwork

The ES Shelf is an intriguing design that requires the user to take a leap of faith. At first glance, the bookshelf looks unfinished, perhaps even broken: the four shelves lean at awkward angles and appear unstable, as though they could not support anything for long. Once books are placed on the shelves, however, the poles that support the system stabilize and demonstrate the object’s ultimate fulfillment of its purpose. For Grcic, the ES Shelf was a statement of principle, illustrating that “it’s exaggerated to use technology that serves to build bridges just to hold up a few books, when a handful of sticks and the odd shelf will do.”

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Konstantin Grcic

Title

ES Shelf

Origin

Germany

Date

1999

Medium

Beech wood

Dimensions

152.4 × 45.7 × 5 cm (60 × 18 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Nils Holger Moormann GmbH

Reference Number

2009.620

Copyright

© Nils Holger Moormann GmbH.

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