One problem that never seems to leave us, especially if you’re living in a major city – is the lack of space! If you’re an independent millennial who recently moved out of their family home and into their own, then a major issue that you may be dealing with almost every day…is space constraints in your own home. Our modern millennial homes have many virtues, but one thing they lack is space! Space constraint is something most of us end up dealing with every day. Smart storage solutions can be lifesavers in such tricky and compact situations. And one such well-designed storage solution is the Cheft Bookshelf by Maryam Pousti.
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Maryam Pousti is the founder of the design and architecture practice Studio Pousti, and she put together a geometric bookshelf that is crafted from interlocking sheets of wood. The Cheft Bookshelf can be assembled without utilizing nails, screws, or glue. Besides functioning as a practical bookshelf, it can also be used as a room divider, or as a form of shelving for other items in your home.
“Two sets of six panels intersect through angle-specific grooves which are cut using a four-axis CNC machine. The name Cheft, meaning ‘to fasten’, derives from the way the panels slide into each other and lock in place to form a freestanding object,” said Maryam. To be precise twelve interlocking sheets of wood were used to build Cheft. The bookshelf is also accompanied by a table and bar stool which all together form the Cheft furniture collection. All three furniture pieces are inspired by the geometrical patterns of traditional Persian architecture. The bookshelf’s warm wooden aesthetics allow it to harmoniously merge with the interiors of any modern contemporary home.
The geometrically intriguing bookshelf is available in colored MDF and has an option of solid woods such as walnut and cherry. The design won the Prize Design for Modern Furniture and Lighting 2022 award, has also been displayed at Design Week in Milan, Paris, and New York, and is showcased at the European Centre Athens as part of its permanent collection.