The white tiles (The Storywall), as part of the Analogia Project by designer Andrea Mancuso and architect Emilia Serra is an installation especially envisioned for the Fuorisalone 2013.The surfaces reproduce accurately archaeological fragments and ruins from the Museo del Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Museo Civico Archeologico di Milano, and from Musei Capitolini di Roma. Shapes coming from different times appear on the white ceramic surface recalling us that the past is still living in the present time.
Virtual digital models of the archaeological artifacts have been acquired by using a cutting edge technique and the prototypes have been used as ceramic molds: it is an original project that explores the relationship between design, archeology and craftsmanship in an experimental way. The project is the result of a collaboration with master ceramist Alessio Sarri (who collaborated with artists and designers such as Sottsass, Natalini, Du Pasquier e Morrison). [Photo Credits: Giulio Boem]
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.