Here's some outside-of-the-box thinking from French industrial designer Alexandre Picciotto:
"Unit is modular furniture that uses pressures against the floor and ceiling. It allows you to build a desk or shelves without tools and permanent [installation]."
This reminds me of the anti-earthquake furniture tensioners you see in Japanese homes:
I wonder if Picciotto's concept would be attractive in seismic markets.
I realize the support is not new, but it isn't the most common either. I like the overall aesthetics but the pads look a bit dated with its round form. A minimalist, thin, rectangular form to hide the pad would give it a Deiter Rams look.
This is not at all new. We had some bookshelves using this technique in my Manhattan apartment in the 80s. Googling "tension pole shelves" returns lots of examples.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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