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Matthias Ries

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German designer Matthias Ries (b. 1979) was educated in product design at the University of Art and Design in Kahrlsruhe, Germany. He then went on to work in the studios of Stephen Burks and TODA before establishing his own studio in 2006.


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Piegato One Shelf

Colorful, flat-packed, and not terribly expensive, the Piegato One by Matthias Ries is a poppy shelf that folds into place for easy installation. It even has its own bookends that bend out to keep things neat.

Though it’s shown here in black, you might fare better with a splash of color in a home office or child’s room.

The Piegato One’s engineering and structural supports take the aesthetic lead, so those looking for an elegant design to subtly peek out behind the objects placed on it will be disappointed.

You can take the shelf down and fold it flat again, but it doesn’t take much for the powder coating to flake at the joints.