This project combines the aesthetics of knitted fabrics with the technical capabilities of a reinforced fiber compound and was one of my first projects at ENSCI — Les Ateliers in Paris. Using mainly the structural strong linen fibers and epoxy resins to create a modular shelf system.

Shelf from Natural Fibers

the knitted shelf

Knitted Shelf Design

The shelf elements are molded in a negative mold with just enough resin to saturate the fibers. This ensures that the knitted structure is preserved, leaving the holes in the fabric untouched. The molds come in different shapes and sizes and are made from plywood.

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the molds

The three-dimensional mold models are broken down into their two-dimensional components and laser cut into shape. To prevent the mold and therefore the final object from having only right angled corners, living hinges are used to create smoother round curves giving the final shelf element a more organic feel. The remaining corners and the living hinges are filled and rounded off with silicon before the individual shelf elements can be molded.

Creating a modular system with elements variating in size, shape and color allows the user to assemble a shelf fitting their needs. Each element can be screwed directly into the wall making the setup simple and allowing it to be changed easily along the way by adding, removing or rearranging elements.

the fabric

The term natural fiber is very brought. Ranging from luxurious silk fabrics to common fibers like cotton and linen the material can be used for a variety of applications. Natural fibers can be found everywhere from fashion to sport equipment where some of them can even outperform fiber glass in terms of light weight and strength.

My friend and fellow stundent Lobke Beckfeld was kind enough to knit the beautifull fabrics used for the self.

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