Vene | lightweight shelf (2021)

When the value of design is not material dependent, the domain has great potential to achieve the concept of “decoupling”, economic growth without corresponding environmental pressure.

Vene is a two-meter-long wall-mounted shelf designed with the aim of minimum material consumption. The form is the direct result of a weight minimization strategy.

The main horizontal beam is inspired by racing kayaks and has a 2.5 mm-thick shell structure to effectively distribute the load along the surfaces. Above sits a 9 mm-thick sandwich structure of 1.5 mm-thick aircraft plywood and paper straws in between. The hollow-core panel takes on the same principle as surfboards, in which the surfaces on both sides carry the tension to resist deformations.

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