A Cleverly Designed Carbon Fiber Bookshelf That Easily Expands Up to Four Times Its Original Size

Nest Shelf

Designer Oki Sato of nendo has created the “Nest Shelf“, a very cleverly designed bookshelf that can easily expand up to four times its original size with a gentle horizontal pull on either side. This shelf is nendo’s official submission to the London Design Festival.

A shelf that from within a second shelf of the same size seemingly grows outward. Vertical sections are made from 3.7 mm thick carbon fiber, while the 3.7 mm thick horizontal sections consist of aramid fibre-made honeycomb material sandwiched between carbon fiber. Both sections are coated with a larch veneer, resulting in a 4.8 mm thick shelving hidden within the 9.6 mm thick outer shelving. The 650 mm width of the shelf’s fully-collapsed state doubles to 1300mm when the shelf is fully extended outward, allowing the user the flexibility to choose a width appropriate for the space available. Extending the shelf halfway produces a grid shelf-style layout with rows of square shelves.

Nest Shelf right

Nest Shelf Sketch

Nest Shelf Top 3

Nest Shelf Top

Nest Shelf Being Built

Nest Shelf

images via nendo

via Spoon & Tamago

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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