Slippery Wall Shelves

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Modular shelving is all the rage right now, and with good reason. It helps you create flexible storage and display opportunities in limited spaces. But our peeve is that so much of it is just serviceable and cookie-cutter.

Enter Cambium Studio’s Slippery Shelves. This line of wall-mounted shelving, designed by Mark Righter, seems too fun to hide under a lot of stuff. These are shelves that seem to refer to the first lesson you learn in studio art classes: deal with both negative and positive space.

As if answering that very challenge, Slippery Shelves rely on the clever idea of a grooved wall mount, with long shelves that slide into infinite configurations, spanning more or less of the wall behind them. When you get bored or want to mix things up, you can modify the position of all or any of the shelves, changing the overall size and shape of the unit in the process.

The squared-off versions that are available commercially come in two finishes and are very reasonably priced, starting at $195 for a two-shelfer and ranging up to $385 for the largest unit, which cantilevers four shelves from a large square panel. Custom sizes and shapes are also available.

Slippery shelves are beautifully (and greenly) executed in sustainably-forested bamboo, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Cambium Studio’s Slippery Shelves can be purchased online at Vivavi.