In 2004, Irina Jurasic and Francesco Apuzzo needed new shelves and designed two versions, one each for paperback-sized books and compact dics, made of bent sheet steel. Enthusiastic friends and colleagues wanted some as well, making the production of the first batch possible. With demand increasing, the two architects decided to found a firm for the manufacturing and distribution of their designs. In 2005, linea1 was established in Berlin, where all production is based.
In designing, we focus on precisely how an object is to perform its job and what it has to say about it. An approach to economony is characteristic for the designs in terms of aesthetics as well as of production. Material is used to full capacity and according to its inherent qualities. A distinguishing feature is the way two-dimensional sheet steel is bent into shapes: rather than simulating solids, the three-dimensional objects reflect the dialogue of plane and volume.