Design by Francis Cayouette.
By Normann Copenhagen.
Inspired by the flexibility and mobility of the quintessential household tool, Francis Cayouette has incorporated attributes of the ladder with authentic details, such as the fittings, into his One Step Up Bookcase. With an ash frame and powder coated aluminium shelves, the bookcase looks like a ladder with exposed fittings and a wooden frame, but with the quality and finish of fine furniture. Nicely placed beside each other, or as a room divider, the functional opportunities abound.
"I am very absorbed with multi-functionality, meaning products that can be used in various different ways. I wanted to design a flexible bookcase without an inconvenient disassembling process which easily could be moved around creating new spaces in the domestic home or the office. The final result is a bookcase that looks like a ladder with exposed fittings and a wooden frame but with the quality and finish characterized by superb furniture." — Francis Cayouette
Material(s): Powder coated aluminium and ash
A perfect design
By: Discotex, Homeowner (Texas)
I was fortunate to see this bookcase in a store before I ordered it. It's a very elegant and simple design, and more sturdy than it looks, especially for something that's so lightweight. There are holes in the frame and shelves by which the shelves could be secured by screws, but I haven't felt the need for that, since gravity is doing a fine job of keeping them stable. The shelves are deep (about 15" between them), meaning that this isn't the case to use for high-desity storage - you can only put so much on each shelf, meaning there'll be some unused space between each. Also, the enamel coating on the metal shelves can scratch easily, so either use it as a bookshelf (which I do), or put mats on the shelves if you're going to use it for dishes, etc. But overall, this is a beautifully designed case that's as sturdy as other cases with 10 times the weight.
Stylish modern design and easy to assemble.
By: LRDesign, Designer (Austin)
We loved the stylish and simple modern design of this piece and versatile with the perfect size. Put it in a children's bedroom and it can transition into her teenage room later. Looked great!
Designer: Francis Cayouette
Francis Cayouette is a member of the Danish Designers Society and holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from the University of Montreal (1994). He also studied at L'École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris.
Based in Copenhagen since 1999, he works as an independent designer in collaboration with scandinavian and international firms developing products for both large-scale and small series production.
Recipient of the reddot design award (2007) and the GOOD DESIGN award (2007).View other products by Francis Cayouette
Manufacturer: Normann Copenhagen
Normann Copenhagen was founded in 1999 by Poul Madsen and Jan Andersen.
In 2002 Normann Copenhagen launched their first product, the lamp Norm 69. With this product Normann Copenhagen entered the international scene of design. Since the launch of Norm 69, Normann Copenhagen has developed a series of remarkable products that have won several international design awards, among others: The RedDot award, Imm, DesignPlus, L'Observeur du design, Good Design, Formidable award Formex and the Formland Design Award.View other products from Normann Copenhagen