Shtef Shelf
completed, modular shelving system, 2016.

Shtef Shelf shelving system is a result of several fundamental premises: primarily, flexibility and adjustability of the shelving function but also an active relationship with the architectural context and various situations at hand. This was achieved by paying special attention to a careful balance between the distinctive identity of the system and the need to harmonize it with diverse architectural contexts. Design of the shelving system is entirely fused with the function and construction, details and joints are almost invisible and succumbed to the simplicity of their mounting while aluminium was used to make the system light. The basic structural module is a square that is applied on the wall as a visually autonomous object. However, to make the system adaptable to various ambiences and intended purposes, several modules with different proportions have also been developed as freestanding variants. L-cross-section shelves are inserted in the structural module; they come in 4 different formats and can be used together with the rear part mounted upward or downward. Those formats result from a careful examination of standard measurements of literature and other objects so that the shelf becomes a kind of ?device for sorting? that can provide discrete assistance in a more systematic way of organising and storage. The shelves come in a palette of carefully selected colours that can be combined in different ways. The openings between the rear parts reveal the back surface, i.e. the colour and texture of the wall. In that way, various planes are created, which form the ultimate image of both the shelving system and the space: the background structure of the wall and the shelf as well as different objects. Shtef Shelf's modular quality fosters or at least allows for an interactive relationship between the user and the design in terms of participation in designing a composition and possible permutations depending on the needs that might change over time.
Elementary qualities of the form and details, dynamics of compositional variants and capacity to react in relation to various functional and spatial contexts result in a system with broad applicability that can be easily integrated into architecture.



PROGRAM housing, hospitality

STATUS completed





PROJECT TEAM Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica
Grupa Studio - Filip Despot, Ivana Pavić, Tihana Taraba