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One Step Up Bookcase

Normann Copenhagen reworks the standard open bookcase with their brand new storage solution, the One Step Up. Inspired by the utilitarian ladder, designer Francis Cayouette has created a flexible piece of furniture, ideal for displaying everything from hardcover books to porcelain crockery. Using elements from a traditional ladder, an object which is easily moved as needed, the One Step Up is conveniently mobile. The units can be placed beside each other to create a bookcase system or moved around as a simple room divider. The natural ash wood frame and industrial metal shelves complete the ladder illusion, even when filled with everyday odds and ends. Cayouette explains the reasoning behind his unique design: 'I am very absorbed with multi-functionality, meaning products that can be used in various different ways. I wanted to design a flexible bookcase without an inconvenient disassembling process which easily could be moved around creating new spaces in the domestic home or the office. The classical ladder is easy to move around in the room where you need it. The idea of taking the form of the ladder seemed logical. The final result is a bookcase that looks like a ladder with exposed fittings and a wooden frame but with the quality and finish characterised by superb furniture'. The One Step Up is 209cm high x 78cm wide and 45cm deep and priced at R6 000. It is available online from