Accessories For The Home

Ptolomeo is the free-standing bookcase that is simple, revolutionary, and innovative.

Ptolomeo is a container that hides its shape to enhance its content, namely the books. The bookcase is a simple metal column to which thin shelves, also in metal, are attached. The shelves gradually disappear as the column is filled with books. When it is full, the Ptolomeo becomes totally hidden and it appears as if the books are standing up on their own. 

Designed by Bruno Rainaldi, winner of the 2004 Compasso d’Oro, the Ptolomeo originates from observation rather than from a formal process and translates an idea that is as simple as it is ingenious, i.e. transforming a pile of books into a design object, into a furnishing accessory. A bookcase that is as “banal” as it is bold, so as to become a contemporary icon, a harmonious piece of art. Like all pieces of art, it is autographed on its base with the designer’s signature.

Available in three different heights, Original Ptolomeo rests on a solid base - in stainless steel or lacquered metal co-ordinated with the frame - suitably studied to ensure its full stability.

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