The Thread Shelf is quite a large piece of furniture, yet it embodies a definite aesthetic lightness, considering its broad dimensions. From the front, the storage system looks a great deal like the IKEA Expedit Shelf, but visibly much thinner in structure; get a glimpse of it from the side, however, and you'll appreciate its surprisingly delicate design.
Up close, you can see that the composition of the bookcase is somewhat lattice-like, consisting of many slender strips of material that align into horizontal ledges and crisscross with the vertical elements. This grate-like effect makes the Mikiya Kobayashi half as heavy as it would otherwise be, plus the whitewashed Thread Shelf permits the penetration of light from all sides.
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