These Totems for Living by OEUFFICE were created for Milan Design Week 2011 and shown at the pop-up space created by Beirut's Carwan Gallery, a gallery that Yatzer reports is the first to promote emerging Middle Eastern contemporary design.
Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak from Samare Studio and Studio Patricia Urquiola, respectively, collabored to create the Totems for Living. The limited-edition line features sculptural shelving that's meant to channel tribal totem poles in a modern context.
The totems' vertical construction draws the eyes upward nicely; like traditional totem poles, each successive shelf is meant to highlight a specific object in the home, encouraging viewers to appreciate and comment on its beauty. I especially like the transparent totem in the center.