Nesting tables are fairly commonplace. They work because they’re designed like Russian matryoshka dolls with each piece made in a decreasing size and placed inside, or underneath one another – each remaining visible, I might add. But now design firm Nendo has created a seemingly magical nesting bookshelf that appears to emerge outward from another bookshelf. It’s being presented at the 2015 London Design Festival opening this weekend.
The trick to Nendo’s “Nest Shelf” is an ultra-thin horizontal section (just 4.8 mm) that slides inside the outer shelving. This extreme feat of engineering was made possible by a 3.7 mm carbon fiber that sandwiches a honeycomb material made from a synthetic fiber called aramid. When expanded to its fullest the shelf doubles in size. “Extending the shelf halfway produces a grid shelf-style layout with rows of square shelves,” notes Nendo, which allows the user to customize the shelf to fit the space.