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Paper Shelf by Willy Chong

paper_shelf_willy_chong.jpg Tabs passed through the back and sides of Paper, a shelf made of paper by Willy Chong, are all that hold it together.

Details: Part of a project titled The Synthesis of Dual Heritage that cultivates Chong’s dual heritage, Paper is a material with roots in both Chinese and Swedish culture and history.

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The shelf sides consist of overlapping paper sheets to extend the shelf height and are laminated in five layers, as are all the shelves.

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The shelf is held together with the help of tabs passed through the back and sides of the shelf – by bending the tabs inward they secure the whole construction.

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About The Synthesis of Dual Heritage, says Chong, “Rather than showing the differences between these two cultures I chose to focus on what they have in common.”

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“Due to the invention of papermaking and printing in ancient China, a skill that spread by the Silk Road and Sweden mastered in modern times, it was possible to preserve knowledge and stories for the next generation.”

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“Therefore, it seemed more than fitting that the depiction would demonstrate that, hence the shape of a shelf; a furniture designed to archive experiences. And to go even one step further, the shelf is only made ??of paper sheets, those books are made of.”

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Source: Photos by Martin Skoog and Willy Chong.

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