The Italic is an easy to fabricate, easy to assemble Knock down shelving system. It consists of only 2 parts, a 24 or 18mm plywood shelf and spacer, that can be assembled in many ways and configurations.
The shelf is very stable and strong as each part is locked by its own position and weight in a structure I developed and named “Controlled Collapse”. Basically, when the shelf is built high, it doesn't loose its strength or stability.
Its name “Italic” is derived from the italic typefaces that slightly slant. It has endless arrangement possibilities and has a unique sculptural presence that comes from the direction of the spacers and the fact that the shelves are not aligned.
The first Italic prototype was produced in 2008 for the Hard Copies Collection and since its publication as an Open Design was self produced by people all over the world, Used by architecture students to develop architectural ideas, and at the same time was sold in signed gallery editions to collectors and consumers.