lovely. rita. shelf.
You know that really cool long snaky Bookworm shelf that Ron Arad designed for Kartell? The one you always see in Real World houses? The one that costs way too much money? Well, this isn't that one. This is the other cool curvy shelf Arad designed for Kartell, called the Lovely Rita. It's sort of the same, but different. The big difference is that this one's really really curved, not just kind of curved.
Rita and her curves are indeed lovely, but she's got a problem: Rita isn't much of a bookshelf. Or an anything shelf, for that matter. I've seen her in many stores, with many things shelved on her, and none of those things looked shelved very comfortably. Books mostly look like you caught them in the act of falling over. Vases look like they're about to crash down to the floor. This blog post from a Rita owner illustrates it pretty well. I want books on shelves to look shelved, dammit, not piled.
For all her flaws, I still have a crush on Rita. I can't help it. I'm enamored of her looks. Now I just have to find the $225 it will cost to take her on a date.