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At first glance, metal shelving might seem like a surprise coming from Milan’s Formafantasma, which is perhaps best known for its earthy experiments with natural materials. But co-founders Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are also two of the industry’s biggest bookworms, priding themselves on a research-based approach that often leads to designs accompanied by rich bibliographies. And in the case of T Shelf, there’s a lot more to the design than just its shiny cover.

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Formafantasma’s commitment to deep investigation was precisely what led Stockholm brand Hem to first approach the studio with an open brief back in 2017. “They weren’t coming only for the aesthetic of our product but for our way of thinking,” says...

Formafantasma Experiments with Aluminum to Create the T Shelf

Through an in-depth material investigation and research process, Milan’s Formafantasma fold-formed aluminum T Shelf for Hem.

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