Although I first spotted London-based, Norway-born designer Amy Hunting’s hanging Block Shelf a couple of months back, it’s been on my mind once again as I’m currently on the hunt for innovative, space-saving bookshelf options. Although this particular specimen may be out of reach for me — it retails for €500 (about $637 U.S.) including shipping from Green Furniture Sweden — it’s still certainly worth ogling. 

For the prototype Block Shelf, Hunting used cotton sailing rope and untreated blocks of wood collected from the waste bins of timber importers across London to fashion a versatile storage solution that can be disassembled and easily put back together again when needed. The Block Shelf that’s in production and for sale now from Green Furniture Sweden is pretty much the same but the wood blocks are salvaged from Sweden’s flooring industry. Explains Hunting:

The dogma behind this product is probably quite obvious: what can you do with blocks of wood and cotton rope? Using a knot traditionally used for sailing and fishing you can pull the strings and the shelf will disassemble. It can easily be put together again.
The Block Shelf took home second prize at Sweden’s Green Furniture Award 2010 and for good reason: it's unfussy yet innovative, makes excellent use of recycled materials, and is ideal for small spaces where an occasional bit of shifting around might be required. Personally, I’d hang one from the ceiling and use it as a room divider. What do you think? 
Via [Re-Nest] via [Freshome]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Shelving that's not a chip off the old block
Made from salvaged blocks of wood and cotton sailing rope, Amy Hunting's hanging Block Shelf is ideal for small spaces where a bit of flexibility is required.