Shelving systems, or more prosaically said - shelves - are somewhat of a neglected typology. True ”stars“ in the world of furniture and product design are usually chairs and lighting fixtures, among other things, because they are freestanding, sculptural objects having an immediate and clearly emphasized relationship with the human body. In case of chairs, that is so because of the ergonomics and the physical experience of sitting and in case of lighting fixtures because of the fact they have a fundamental impact on the atmosphere of a particular space. However, shelves are characteristic because of another important quality – they make an integral part of the spatial framework, either as a part of the wall or as an independent object resuming the role of a partition. In that sense, shelves play a very important part in defining the image of a particular interior. Thus, a shelf is an object that adds a 3D structure to the wall. Visual quality of a shelf has an accentuated rhythm, it largely depends on the interplay between light and shadow and its formal qualities are very sensitive to proportions, ratios and details.

Shtef Shelf shelving system is a result of several fundamental premises: primarily, flexibility and adjustability of the shelving function but also an active relationship with the architectural context and various situations at hand. This was achieved by paying special attention to a careful balance between the distinctive identity of the system and the need to harmonize it with diverse architectural contexts. Design of the shelving system is entirely fused with the function and construction, details and joints are almost invisible and succumbed to the simplicity of their mounting while aluminium was used to make the system light.

The basic structural module is a square that is applied on the wall as a visually autonomous object. However, to make the system adaptable to various ambiences and intended purposes, several modules with different proportions have also been developed as freestanding variants. L-cross-section shelves are inserted in the structural module; they come in 4 different formats and can be used together with the rear part mounted upward or downward. Those formats result from a careful examination of standard measurements of literature and other objects so that the shelf becomes a kind of “device for sorting” that can provide discrete assistance in a more systematic way of organising and storage. The shelves come in a palette of carefully selected colours that can be combined in different ways. The openings between the rear parts reveal the back surface, i.e. the colour and texture of the wall. In that way, various planes are created, which form the ultimate image of both the shelving system and the space: the background structure of the wall and the shelf as well as different objects. 

Shtef Shelf’s modular quality fosters or at least allows for an interactive relationship between the user and the design in terms of participation in designing a composition and possible permutations depending on the needs that might change over time. Elementary qualities of the form and details, dynamics of compositional variants and capacity to react in relation to various functional and spatial contexts result in a system with broad applicability that can be easily integrated into architecture.

Fact Sheet

product name

Shtef Shelf

product number



residential, hospitality




- 2018


2016 - 2018

product type

modular shelves

product kind

modular shelving system


Prostoria d.o.o.


Prostoria d.o.o.


3LHD & Grupa

Project Team

Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Paula Kukuljica, Silvije Novak, Grupa Studio - Tihana Taraba, Filip Despot, Ivana Pavić


Grupa Studio

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