Designer Francis Cayouette finds inspiration in a common household ladder for his stylish flexible-use shelf unit. One Step Up bookcases can be lined up to create a storage wall or placed in the middle of a space as a room divider. And its grab-and-go: each unit comes flat packed and easy to set up by simply folding out the ladder-like frame and putting the shelves in place.
- High: 78.7" h x 30.7" w x 17.7" d (200x78x45cm)
- Low: 49.6" h x 30.7" w x 17.7" d (126x78x45cm)
Powder-coated steel, lacquered ash
“When Jan and I look at new designs for Normann Copenhagen, we take a very intuitive approach to the products,” according to cofounder Poul Madsen. “A picture can say much more than words and if we are both struck by what we see, we are interested.” Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen teamed up to create the Normann Copenhagen with a vision to shake up the contemporary design field. Now known the world over, they collaborate with new names and established talents from their native Denmark as well as internationally.
The company puts a premium on challenging conventional thinking in collections of tabletop products, lighting and furniture—with bold design strokes, innovative materials and a deft enjoyment of color. “We like products that have an original idea and a simple design, although we do not tie ourselves to a particular line,” Poul adds. “For us, the important thing is that the projects we get involved in bring something new into the world of design.”