VITRINE is a shelf system that celebrates the beauty of leftover material from the plastic industry. This furniture series leads Ulrike Jurklies; owner and designer of Dutch label mo man tai back to her roots. Prior to her Industrial Design studies in Munich, she was trained as carpenter. Inspired by the visual appeal of the left-over material that is generated when the plastic colouring process is set up for a new dye, she decided to design a furniture series with this attractive material. These first prototypes are assembled from different shades of lavender and red but; depending on what goes into production, future ranges of different colours and combinations of colours will be possible. The system will be flat packed and can be expanded from a two shelves sideboard up to a four levels book rack. By using simple joining techniques no tools or effort is needed to assemble the unit. The layered plastics reinforce the design of VITRINE. The play of light, the reflections and the shadows of the colourful transparent PC panels result in unique pieces of furniture. The array of small corners invite to showcase personal items in a transparent settings.
VITRINE shelf is developed and produced in collaboration with the Belgian plastics processing company Zweko Optics. The complete furniture series will be on display in October during Dutch Design Week 2017 in the installation ‘See-through’.