Leave it to an architect to create a shelving system that’s just as versatile as building blocks. The work of Belgian-Dane Julien De Smedt of JDS Architects, this modular system lets you create a shelving unit to fit your particular space and style. “Our projects are humanly designed, politically engaged, financially viable and structurally realistic,” says the designer. When asked how he sees the “new Nordic” celebrated by the Danish company Muuto, De Smedt says it is “like an embrace of a southern culture with a northern rigueur.” The embodiment of that vision, his Stacked Shelving System (2008) can be randomly stacked or precisely coordinated into a tight grid. The three shelves are scaled to accommodate all kinds of books and other media, and while there are only three sizes offered, there are actually five shapes to experiment with, depending on how you position the two rectangles. The negative spaces created between them give you even more orientation options. Each shelf includes a steel clip to connect two boxes together. Shelves are available with or without backboards; shelves with backboards include a wall mounting kit, which can be purchased separately for shelves without backboards. Podium and additional clips also sold separately. Made in China.