Dimensions

Width 38 cm
Depth 30 cm
Height 227 cm
Weight 7 kg

Materials

Finish Ash Wood Natural Lacquer
Material Wood

Specification

Number of shelfs 5
Year 2008

It’s not a ladder, but a bookshelf, created by a designer who wants you to be part of his process.

On its own it could be a sculpture. Through repetition you could create something new: a bookshelf wall or separator. Libri comes in three different heights all with the same high-level design.


Michaël Bihain

The kind of precise research that results in the obviousness of the lines obtained: a symbiosis of contemporary lifestyle and collective memory.

Michaël Bihain is one of Europe’s most interesting and creative designers. He is also the designer who won’t terminate. Instead, he seeks to hand over the crea-tive process to the user. The objects are meant to work individually – or to create a new unity through repetition. Bihain hands over a “relay baton” – such as the much-prized, unforgettable, ladder-like bookshelf Libri for Swedese that can either work as a sculpture or as a trad­­itional bookshelf wall.

Belgian Michaël Bihain trained as a butcher and carpenter, and then studied Interior Design at the St Luc Institute in Liège and Hull University, England. From his studio in Brussels and his workshop in Louveigné he works with furniture design, accessories and interiors. Michaël Bihain teaches at the St Luc Institute in Liège. He has been awarded several prizes and is represented, amongst other places, in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in Seoul, South Korea.


Swedese's ideals are the same today as they have been for the past seventy years. These are to create beautiful furniture for the future, which build on the foundations of Scandinavian modern traditions, designed by forward-looking designers who share in the timeless ideals of architecture.