Quetzal Bookcase from Mexico City's Pirwi

Quetzal Bookcase from Mexico City's Pirwi

Jess Watson
Jan 5, 2010

Much like the song "It's a Small World," I haven't been able to get the Quetzal Bookcase out of my head after seeing it over at the Mid-Century Modernist. The bookcase, named after the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, mimics the pre-hispanic depiction of snakes descending to the ground like they were slithering down a staircase.

The bookcase was designed by the NEL Collective and is manufactured by Mexico City's Pirwi. Its unique design allows it to lean against a wall or be supported by a table or chair with no additional need for internal supports or bolts. The shape provides for tons of possibilities for the installation of the bookcase while the sculptural qualities of the walnut finished plywood ensure it will be anything but your run of the mill bookcase.

The 3 Box version is available from Bond and Bowery for $750. There is also a 6 Box version available for $1,500.

Thanks to the Mid Century Modernist for bringing this bookcase to our attention.

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