Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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.

high. maintenance.
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.

crush.
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.




11 Comments:

Blogger Mike Thorn said...

It simply depends on whether you want a conversation piece (that can hold a few books, to boot) or a pferectly functional bookshelf that guests sooner run into than notice.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the example from the other blog post looks quite cool. I like how it breaks the rigid academic line of books and makes them more freeflowing and carefree. Buy me one.

BP

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it looks cool but just as art, not as a shelf. With books on it, it becomes visual clutter.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Tilted Axis said...

I believe it would serve adaquetly as just a simple conversation piece, however thats just my personal opinion. I wouldnt want to clutter it up with books and whatnot, though I suppose why buy it if youre not going to use it for its defined purpose? I would get it just to confuse people, asking them what they think it is meant to be. xD

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mike Thorn said...

It would look better with only vertically aligned books, unlike the other blog picture. They had stacked some books there which ruined the effect (and made it look, like BP said, like visual clutter). If you loaded sparingly and vertically only, I think it would end up looking all right.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

i agree with mike. had the books not been piled horizontally it might have been better. really cool idea though. still makes me want one. i wonder if ebay has any...

1:36 PM  
Blogger carinne said...

I think it looks really cool. Dig that.

1:10 PM  
Blogger J.E. Remy said...

I too am with Mike on this one. I dig the shelf, but would have put all the books vertically. Still, it doesn't seem to have enough room to make it feasible for my bookshelf needs. I guess for someone that doesn't need a ton of book space it would be fun. It seems to make the books into an abstract art form, rather than material begging to be read.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Huskadoo! said...

it truely is an intriging and thought provoking design for a shelf. But the way i percieve it //that's the right word right?...i know it starts with a "p"..anyway\\ the structural design of the shelf itself suggests it to be uses as wall-ornimant. and not in plain type settings/surroundings. A place where there is loud colour and furniture of simmilar geometric design.
on a slightly different note.. I'm guessing that stuffed animals could occupie the shelf and not look like they're gonna fall off or look "uncomfortable".

it's only my opininon..please don't throw sharp rocks at me
--Huskadoo! "Jacqueline Michelle"

9:50 AM  
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