Shelving Inspired by DIY Shelves Made With Blocks + Boards

Remember when you were young and couldn’t afford real furniture so you improvised with whatever materials you could find, like bricks or cinder blocks and wooden boards for storage? Lausanne-based design studio BIG-GAME designed a modern and streamlined shelving system that takes inspiration from that unlikely source – the age-old, DIY block + board shelf. The BLOCK shelves, designed for Belgian furniture brand Cruso, are composed of vertical steel components and oak finished wood panels that are assembled to form a variety of storage and display options for the office or home.

The vertical modules not only give the shelves stability and structure, they provide additional storage as well. BLOCK comes in various sizes, from low and wide, to taller, more standard bookshelf dimensions. Aluminum sliding doors can keep messes at bay by hiding the contents when needed, and there’s a choice to have back panels or none at all for a more open look.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.