Shelves are rarely standouts themselves. They can be thought of as the shrinking violets of furniture, hiding behind the beautiful objects and bright book jackets they house. Goez Schrader’s Triptychon takes a different approach, trading in the idea of the subdued shelf for an eye-catching statement piece, that just happens to hold books.
Triptychon is a hybrid furniture piece. The stunning simplicity of a large white bookshelf is intercepted by a large gray “crack,” which cuts across multiple boxes and provides an arresting focal point to the piece. Boxes made from Italian Alder are inserted into the gray crack, and highlight the objects placed in them.
Triptychon is a showstopper, whether it’s placed in a commercial environment or serving as a space for a home library in a living room. Schrader approaches his work by rethinking spatiality as well as functionality. His goal is “to reveal the opportunity embedded in every piece in order to create a design language and ways of usage that go beyond the commonly known.”
The designer hails from Dusseldorf, Germany. His studies, career, and passion for travel led him to London, Vienna, Halifax, and Los Angeles before returning to his home city, where he currently works as a senior designer specializing in interiors, furniture, and exhibition design.