Bookcases, architectures of knowledge
Books tell the story of our evolution as homo sapiens and affirm the identity of those who live in the house. This is why bookcases are not only repositories of knowledge but they are cultural self-portraits, embracing and protecting the traces of our human journey. The story of life. Bookcases are panoramas of the world, architectures of knowledge. Not only that, for they can contain photos, objects, and travel souvenirs capable of connecting the outside world to our most intimate universe, and to the things we love the most. Every room with a bookcase is a curious labyrinth of knowledge, and each bookcase is like a musical composition with many possible variations.
Whether fixed or modular, essential or decorative, eccentric or linear, elegant or functional, bookcases enhance the domestic space by containing objects we have brought home from all corners of the world, resulting in minimal set-ups of personal narratives.
The Cantori Hong Kong, Albero, and Diadema bookcases are born with these functions in mind: all different in shape, with a unique design, and made with noble or innovative high-quality materials.
In the Hong Kong bookcase, designed by the Florentine architect Maurizio Manzoni, the geometric aspect prevails. This is a modular library that extends both in width and height — infinite in size but well defined by its sophisticated materials. Wood and aluminium actively collaborate to create a continuous modular structure, where a single module becomes a constituent cell merged into the totality of the whole, resulting in unique and customizable compositional solutions. Due to its characteristics, the Hong Kong bookshelf can both be placed against the wall, in the middle of the room or even as a dividing element between two rooms. The original design creates effects of light and darkness that enhance the aesthetic impact of the structural complex.
The Albero bookcase, designed by Daniel Rode, is composed by a strikingly organic supporting element, an hand-forged iron weave shaped into "branches" that supports tray-like shelves. More than one sculptural support can be placed side by side, thus creating a library with long continuous shelves surrounded by elegant branches. The shelves can be lacquered, even with personalised colours, decorated, or covered in econabuk.
With its asymmetrical design, the Diadema bookcase, designed by Castello Lagravinese Studio, is elegant and discreet, meant to display books and objects while retreating in the background. Its built-in iron structure is composed by three-millimiter thick metal shelves, and its unique asymmetrical design allows the combination of several elements, in order to build an evocative structure with different heights, ideal to furnish a wall from floor to ceiling. It is also perfect when placed in the centre of a room, or to divide spaces, since even its depth can be asymmetrically articulated.