Story Bookcase

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A real page-turner.

Fascinated by how spaces transform over time, Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei invented the word Afteroom to name their Stockholm studio. “We simply want to create things people won’t get rid of,” says Chen-Yen. 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. “It was not an easy task, though it appears really simple,” says Hung-Ming. “We hope people see it as a quiet, functional sculpture.” All-metal construction and a heavy weighted base provide strength and stability. Made in Taiwan.

Create a forest of book trees.

Mix and match the two heights to create a library unlike any other. Weight limit per shelf: 7 pounds. Ships in two boxes for easy handling. Simple assembly required; wall anchoring hardware and safety strap included.

  • Space-saving compact footprint saves valuable room.
  • Holds books horizontally in a vertical stack.
  • Also great for holding towels or displaying collectibles.
  • Shelves can be rotated to the front or side.



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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