Evoking the casual, humble feel of a sidewalk bistro in springtime, bentwood chairs are not difficult to love—even years after their heydey. (The style rose to popularity during Victorian times, when the Austrian cabinet maker Michael Thonet released Chair No. 14, an affordable and soon-to-be iconic mainstay in cafés and homes of the time).
The design is based on the same technical savvy (you have to steam or wet the wood and then carefully bend and set it, which is still cool if you're asking me) as traditional bentwood, but presented in an untraditional way.
First of all, they're modular—so you can stack or arrange a single shelf unit however you like (tall like a bookshelf? long and low along a wall?). And floating, so your stuff isn't tempted to hang out on your floor. And the bent part of the design, while largely decorative, has the extra advantage of adding a simple endstop to the shelves, which would keep your books from toppling out, and they cast the best scalloped shadows on the wall.
The basic structure is clean and minimal, so they'd probably work with a range of furniture styles in the room. And the added effect of the bent wood accents is charming, even a little romantic, and a good reminder that not all floating shelving units have to be the same old boring designs.
In appreciation, here are 5 other floating shelving solutions, some modular and some simply multipliable, that we love right now.