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Modern Furniture Focus: Shelves

To help minimize clutter, take a look at these nine modern shevling options to outfit your home.


Devisor Shelving

Inspired by ancient oriental principles of balance and harmony, the Devisor Shelving by Christopeher Jenner is democratic in form and defined by the use of seemingly opposing materials, through which interconnected vertical and horizontal geometry create a dynamic display system.

Circular Shelving System by Muuto

Circular Shelving System


Arrange and display your favorite items with this inventive storage system. Inspired by the fact that we move more often in our lives than ever before, it can be separated and assembled very easily—and in a variety formations. The cylinders are held firmly in place by 2 long straps with clasps.

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Quarry Bookshelf

The Manhattan-based interior designer scaled down this oak bookshelf, punctuated by perforated metal dividers, to fit into a nook or entryway. “I love the subtle texture the wire-brushing lends to the wood finish,” he says, “particularly when paired with the refined metal bookends.” Available exclusively through ALT for Living.

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Angle Shelf

What makes the Angle Shelf unique isn't necessarily what you choose to display on top, but instead what lies beneath: a geometric 3D form, sleek, structural and stuck to the wall. The bamboo unit is finished with 100% natural Tung oil, made in the USA, and available pointing either left or right.

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Stacked Shelf System


All books are not created equal. Hardbounds often run larger than paperbacks, which themselves range from handheld to oversized. Factor in your magazine collection and any number of knickknacks that need a home, and it’s remarkable that shelves so often come in the standard stacked rows of one-height-fits-all rectangles. Store your things on this customizable system and your collections will surely find their proper place.

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Bamboo Shelving Unit


What's not to love about this solid bamboo shelving unit? It's asymetrical! It vaguely looks like a Tetris game! It's hand-finished with an organic oil!


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Shelving System

“I have always associated Aalto’s designs, which highlight the graciousness of plain wood, with square building blocks,” says designer Naoto Fukasawa. His birch-laddered modular shelves complement the Finnish brand’s clean-lined collection.

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Artek Shelving System


The grown-up version of Ikea, Naoto Fukasawa’s Shelving System for Artek is a vision of modular minimalism. Taking another step in cementing Artek’s legacy of Scandinavian simplicity, the lacquered birch, painted MDF, and zinc and aluminum of the design make a clear case that less is indeed more. Though we’d be happy stacking books on this thing, the metal braces give it a slight industrial feel that makes it ideal for any office, be downtown or just down the hall.  

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Balance Console


A classic example of English designer Terence Conran’s passion for simple yet elegant designs, the Balance Console is a strong, robust shelving unit with ample space for books, magazines, or household ornaments.