Just when we thought we’d seen every which way a bookshelf could be made, Daniele Lago had to go and show us something we’d never laid eyes on before, even though she first designed it a decade ago. The Tangram shelf system is, in Lago’s words, “a square in seven pieces combined with imagination to make new shapes come to life.” Named after a popular, classic Chinese game in which players slide seven captive wooden pieces around inside a square, trying to make them fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces, the unit instantly calls to mind a visual nod to the game. Lago chose to create the piece from chipboard, seal the edges and cover the back in faux leather for a textured effect, but really, the most compelling visual aspect of the piece is its unending series of angle after angle. Presented in black, white and a natural finish, these unique shelves offer a clean yet complex modern take on the traditional bookshelf, casting half of everything in their clutches at a 45-degree tilt. Endlessly configured into a myriad of shapes and sizes, the Tangram is an adaptive and unique shelf series with more than just one point to make.
Photo credits: Lago