In a double-bay design with 2 shelves, creative director Knut Bendik Humlevik illustrates the versatility of New Works’ eponymous wall system that also offers room to grow as storage needs expand. Effortless blending into a variety of spaces, it hones in on essentials like the angular profiles of the steel support bars and the integrated bookends that keep belongings in place—the lacquered or woodgrain veneer shelves neatly assembled with flat knurled screws in stainless steel.
18.1" h x 64.4" w x 12" d (46x163.5x30.5cm)
Aluminum or steel, lacquered MDF, oak or walnut veneer, stained ash veneer
“I come from an architectural education,” says Knut Benedik Humlevik, creative director of New Works. "It's a field that has taught me a lot about how to attack and work with a concept.” The Copenhagen-based design house melds a boldly sensual approach with the vaunted legacy of Scandinavian design. “One cannot deny that a lot of inspiration comes from the furniture ‘heroes’ of the past centuries,” says Humlevik. Not to mention “how their influence is applied in works of other designers in our time.”
New Works was launched with a series of sculptural objects grounded in 4 core values—Natural, Experimental, Rough, and Craftsmanship. With an emphasis on materials including concrete, marble, mirror and tactile metals like rough copper and oxidized aluminum, the collection has quickly expanded to a full range of furnishings that still push at the boundaries where art meets design. As a noted product designer himself and now directing the New Works stable of collaborating designers, Humlevik says, “It’s surprising where I find inspiration; it can come from very small things that have lots of character.”