New floor-to-ceiling bookcases separate and fuse at the time, but never quite like this year, when design relied on these statement pieces to subdivide spaces as partitions and scenographic backdrops. Recovering the original function of the library, a treasure trove of volumes and valuable texts, the bookcase returns once more to represent the domestic architecture of knowledge. Perched on uprights, shelves showcase and hide books along with numerous objects thanks to solid surfaces that punctuate the overall verticality of the space, while container modules exploit horizontal movement. The result is customizable and customized compositions that embrace new everyday practices, like working from home. Integrating desks or retractable shelves, bookcases are substituted by more classical workstations. To further explore the evolution of the old bookcase then, we present a head to head matchup between two new signature additions: Hector by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C and the upgrade of Sailor by David Lopez Quincoces for Living Divani.
Vincent Van Duysen has created Hector for Molteni&C, a modular, and flexible bookcase with uprights that slides into the living area like a decorative and functional architectural backdrop (pictured in opening). The dividing element adapted to separating living areas dedicated to relaxation — thanks especially to the support for adjustable TV mounts — from dining areas to be shared, comes as an ideal solution for working from home. “The Hector bookcase takes its inspiration from the typical modernist libraries and offices which we translated in an elegant, smooth almost gracious but especially domestic language,” explained Vincent Van Duysen. With this, the laptop, printer and tablet find their own place on the exposed shelves and closed containers with flap doors, while the design is completed with other functional elements, like a mobile bar and desk.
Presented for the first time by Living Divani in 2019, the Sailor bookcase by David Lopez Quincoces welcomes new containers this year with flap doors, recovering the bookcase’s old function. Just like a desk, the design from the Spanish designer fuses the exhibition of volumes and ornamental objects, welcoming open and closed compartments between the airy uprights, which contrast with the denser rhythm of the shelves. Inspired by the nautical world, Sailor references the aesthetic movements of sailboats in a light and linear composition that gives homage to the creative’s signature essentiality. Ideal to separate and bring spaces together, it was conceived to respond flexibly to the needs of shared spaces and offices, allowing for maximum expressive freedom in floor to ceiling or wall compositions. “The idea was to create a silhouette that recalled a cuadrícula, a dialogue between vertical and horizontal lines,” explained David Lopez Quincoces. The goal? To leave plenty of space for objects and compositional personalization.