Bookends inspired by brutalism

By Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger

Klemens Schillinger concrete Tabletop Landmarks bookends, €69 for a set
Klemens Schillinger concrete Tabletop Landmarks bookends, €69 for a set

Klemens Schillinger’s Tabletop Landmarks have been fashioned from concrete and will appeal to fans of brutalism. Some look like Greek hippodromes or theatres, some like Mayan pyramids. Each piece is also a playful experiment in formalism. “I started by experimenting with simple geometric shapes and repetition,” says Schillinger, a product and furniture designer based in Vienna. “I wasn’t intending to create something that resembled these archetypal building shapes, but the resemblance was obvious when I designed my large Landmarks bowl [€49], so then I just went with it and designed my bookends [€69 for a set], based on the shape of a pyramid.” As for the choice of concrete, it is functional as well as aesthetic, explains Schillinger: “It emphasises architectural resemblance, but also gives weight to the pieces – the bookends really need the weight to be useful for larger books.”

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