Bookshelves to Die In


William Warren's Shelves For Life :

a self-initiated project by the designer to further explore ideas of built-in sentimentality within our possessions. The aim is to make stronger emotional relationships with our belongings and encourage life-long use.

The shelves are CNC cut in oak veneered plywood to the customer's measurements. They are intended to be used throughout life as storage for personal belongings. On death, the shelves are dismantled and rebuilt as a coffin.

Shelves for Life
was launched at the British Library during the Travelling Apothecary Show and simultaneously at Liberties as part of Design UK, during London Design Week, September 2006.







Thanks to Core77 for the lead

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