It is quite likely that you have dozens of books lying on your shelves that you never read but feel bad about giving them away. German design studio aust & amelung came up with a brilliant idea that helps you to turn your favorite or less favorite books into a useful furniture peace. The idea of Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung blends a simple wooden crate with a hard-covered book. This marriage is quite strange at the first glance but fun and fresh at the second one. Books become framed and exhibited while they are granted brand-new functionality. Once opened, the book hides and protects the contents of the crate. Closing the book will open up the box and reveal the inside. With this great idea any book can turn into a trap door that can either hide the secret storage or display the contents. According to the designers is it is very simple to remove the box off the wall and browse through your book once again – this time keeping the wooden frame fixed to your book.
With Book Box you can now put Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Anna Karenina to the wall and show the world how sophisticated and creative you are. Is there someone who doesn’t like this minimalistic and funny furniture piece?
Aust & amelung by the dipl. designers Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung creates and develops furniture, interior and exhibition architecture in Kassel. In their free work they are interested in the way we interact with objects in our daily life. The human desire for individuality is a topic in their work that reappears in various ways. The individual product produced in a series is a reflection on this idea. This results in using existing objects, forcing the user to take an active role, or manipulating the production process.
Photographs: Merlin Laumert