Story Bookcase

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Fascinated by the transformation of spaces over long stretches of time, Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei invented the word Afteroom to name their studio in Stockholm. “We simply want to create things people won’t get rid of,” says Chen-Yen. Their designs are marked by a spare style, and their use of tubular frameworks is a nod to the Bauhaus. In creating the Story Bookcase (2017), they brought a new twist to Sapien-style vertical book storage by allowing the user to position the shelves facing forward or to the side. By holding texts horizontally in a vertical stack, Story holds dozens of books in a very compact footprint. “We hope people see it as a quiet, functional sculpture,” says Hung-Ming. All-metal construction and a heavy weighted base provide strength and stability. Weight limit per shelf: 7 pounds. Simple assembly required; wall anchoring hardware and safety strap included. Made in Taiwan.

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Founded 2011 (Stockholm, Sweden)

Afteroom is the creation of wife-and-husband design team Chen-Yen Wei and Hung-Ming Chen.

Wei grew up in Taipei City, Taiwan, the daughter of insurance clerks. With the family based in a crowded city, her parents “tried their best to give us more contact with nature,” she says, “and I’ve appreciated beautiful things ever since.” Wei graduated from National Taipei College of Business, ...

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Short: H 62.5" W 15.75" D 15.75" Tall: H 75.5" W 15.75" D 15.75" Each shelf measures 9.5" wide and 8" deep.


Galvanized steel column with powder-coated aluminum sleeves; powder-coated steel shelves and base; felt floor glides.

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