Although the expansion of the digital media continues unabated, many people still appreciate the physicality and other intrinsic qualities of books and magazines. Magazine tables or racks can therefore be a tasteful and functional addition to a home. And while Dick van Hoff combines the digital and the physical with his ‘Crossdock’ for Functionals, where both an iPad and magazines can be safely put to rest, more traditional options are available too.
An elaborately curved glass plate is all Gianluigi Landoni’s ‘Zeta’ for Sovet really is. Not only can it hold, and proudly display, the latest issue of one’s favourite magazine, it can also serve as a side or coffee table at the same time. Jürg Steiner’s and Dirk Uptmoor’s ‘Newstown 17777’ for System 180 can serve the same functions, though its structure, resembling scaffolding with engineered wood infill, gives it a more industrial look.
Wall-mounted magazine racks provide a larger capacity for one’s collection, and range from classic, shallow racks, such as Planning Sisplamo’s ‘Ten Modular system’; to Krook & Tjäder Design’s ‘Ridå’ for Karl Andersson, whose felt finish helps improve acoustics; to Bjørn Jørund Blikstad’s ‘Imeuble’ for By Corporation, in which colourful parallelograms are assembled into a hexagonal pattern that can be repeated at will, providing storage space (not only) for magazines in their depth.
The last large category are the freestanding magazine racks. These can be stand-alone elements, such as Jonas Bohlin’s wooden ‘Zink’ for Källemo, or Isao Hosoe’s glass ‘Albero’ for Tonelli, both of which zig-zag down to meet the ground. More elongated models can be used as room dividers, such as Jonas Forsman’s ‘Abstracta’, which also serves as an acoustic panel, or Planning Sisplamo’s ‘Look display’, which can be easily moved thanks to the wheels on its base.