Secret Cubic Shelving Unit

Secret Cubic Shelving Unit

DESIGNED BY Olafur Eliasson
FOR Moroso

Moroso presents “Secret Cubic Shelves”, designed by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. A result of the artist’s intensive, decades-long engagement with geometry, the shelves are derived from a stackable rhomboid module that has featured in his oeuvre since 2015


Invented by Einar Thorsteinn (1942–2015) and developed as one of the numerous geometric studies that Eliasson and Thorsteinn undertook at the studio in Berlin, the module is related to research begun by R. Buckminster Fuller years before. To arrive at the geometry, two identical cubes are rotated along a common diagonal axis until the edges of both cubes are divided according to the golden ratio. Drawing lines where the faces intersect (and cutting away the rest) leaves you with a polyhedron composed of twelve triangular faces.

Eliasson has long been interested in stackable space-filling forms as alternatives to conventional building techniques and for their suggestion of infinite continuation. The Quasi Brick, for example, forms the basis for the crystalline facades of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, created in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and completed in 2011.



1100 W x 550 D x 2230 H (mm)

1100 W x 550 D x 1130 H (mm)


Made entirely of iron (recycled and recyclable), with non-toxic powder coating.


16 - 20 Weeks