At first glance, this unusual freestanding bookcase in powder-coated steel and veneer laminate captivatingly suggests the design exuberance of the 1980s. But 20th-century Italian master Carlo Forcolini's initial inspiration actually came from historic temple doors in China and Japan. His playful imagination translated that vision as the eye-catching Ran Library, part of Stellar Works' Carlo collection that recompiles some of his most illustrious pieces.
80.3" h x 44.1" w x 17.9" d (204x112x45.5cm)
- Shelves are fixed and not adjustable
- Space between shelves 1-4 (top to bottom) is about 9.6” (245mm)
- Space between shelves 4 and 5 (top to bottom) is 15” (381mm)
- Base to first shelf is about 19.44” (494mm)
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.