One Step Up is a bookcase that combines form, material and function in a simple and chaste design.

Base material
Ash
Colour
White
Depth
78cm
Height
200cm
Package depth
18cm
Package height
215cm
Package weight
36kg
Package width
88cm
Shelves material
Steel
Size
High
Suitable for outdoor use
No
Volume
0.31m3
Weight
35kg
Width
45cm
Year
2010

One Step Up is a bookcase that combines form, material and function in a simple and chaste design. Francis Cayouette has been inspired by the ladder as an object and he has created a new flexible piece of furniture ideal for storage.

One Step Up Low creates both the space and framework for cool storage.

The idea behind One Step Up is that it is flexible and creates space in the room due to the ease with which it can be moved from one place to another. Details, such as the fittings, are accentuated and give the shelving unit authenticity. The natural ash wood and industrial metal shelves create an interesting dynamic.


Ideal for storage, it can be used alone or as part of a shelving system including several units. Combine several units to create your own shelving system or use it as a light and airy room divider.

One Step Up creates room and frame for storage. Place various One Step Up bookcases beside each other and create your own bookcase system. One Step Up bookcase can also be used as a light room divider.

Easily assembled with help from the included manual. Delivered in a flat package. Clean with damp cloth. > I am preoccupied by multiuse and products which can be used in various different ways.—Francis Cayouette, designer of One Step Up


Francis Cayouette

Francis Cayouette is member of the Danish Designers Society and holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial design from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal (1994). Francis also studied at Les Ateliers in Paris.

"I find working on very different projects inspiring. It is important for me to start a project with a fresh mind and without too many preconceived images. It requires a lot of work and exploration, but that’s generally where the new ideas come from. I find it very inspiring to challenge myself into unknown areas. I learn a lot from working in different fields. The result should be surprising and open minded, but also honest and easy to understand. When I start a project I try to focus less on the product and more on the needs. I’m interested in finding new interpretations but also in the everyday interaction of the objects, people and space. Today, new technologies and new materials allow more liberty for the creator. I try to translate these possibilities into more freedom for the user. The objects surrounding us should be able to adapt to the fast and constantly changing situations in life. Our needs are increasing, but our space is not. I believe there is a challenge in creating better basic products that makes life easier instead of more complicated."

Design Awards:

Heima: IF Product Design Award 2010


Normann Copenhagen is a Danish design company with the mission to create original and innovative products in a simple and contemporary design that withstands the test of time. Or in other words, to challenge conventional thinking and make the ordinary extraordinary through great design.