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Transforming bookshelf

Fusillo is an Multi-functional wooden bookshelf made of modular elements. All the modules are designed to rotate around a central axis providing support for the books. When untwisted the shelf is completely monolithic, the bottom part bottom part can be used as an hanging device where you can hang anything you like. Hence, it is a bookshelf, but also can be transformed into a sensible coat hook, bicycle rack, or book ends. Moreover, multiple shelves can be endlessly combined to customize your space. Nice design help you to utilize space.

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf


  • multi-functional has many purposes other than as a bookshelf
  • simple to use
  • easy to assemble and attach to he wall
  • ergonomic: can be used by anyone for any thing e.g for adults its a bookshelf, but for kids its a place to hang toys like bicycles etc..
  • saves space, because it is usually used to organize things


  • it’s not really very aesthetic, looking at it is like looking at a slab of unfinished wood from home depot, and painting it is not an option(look below and you’ll see why). since all the pieces are attached together at one point, you would have to separate the entire thing to paint it

despite the overall hideousness of the design i have to admit that it is very multi-functional bookshelf, it’s design just needs a little refining  🙂

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf


Portable solar powered window socket

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the Window Socket is a portable solar-powered electrical socket that affixes to a window and harnesses solar energy through a built-in solar panel. It is designed to be as intuitive as possible, and can be used in an apartment, on a ship or inside a car – or anywhere with access to sunlight. The socket stores excess energy in an internal 1000mAh battery, which is enough to charge a mobile phone. Once charged it can be taken off the window and carried anywhere while in use – including on the move. Simple and elegant! Too bad it is still concept now.

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

i really love this design, it’s a pity it hasn’t been created yet, but when it does i’ll be sure to get it. Here are some pros and cons of this design


  • it’s portable, small and easily carried in a purse or bag
  • can be used anywhere as long as there is a window and light, very useful for travel no need to buy countless transformers/converters for each new destination
  •  easy to use
  • cheap to maintain(don’t need electricity) and practically pays for it’s self
  •  if the design was modified it could be used to power much more than just phones


  • it’s not realistic a solar panel that small would not produce enough energy to power a phone in a short period of time
  • no protection for the solar panel: even the smallest scratch could ruin the overall efficiency of the socket, the suction cups are too flimsey to provide protection from scratches or even potential falls that could result in a cracked solar panel

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

to see the pictures go to http://www.designswan.com/archives/window-socket-solar-energy-powered-socket.html#more-5764

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut


Designed by Gordon Bunshaft in the late 1950s for Yale university

what i love about his design:

–  makes really good use of space

– he designed it according to it’s function it’s a library so he placed all of the books where they could be easily organized,seen and accessed (in the middle of the room). he also did this by opening up the sides unlike traditional library designs

– the are around the library doubles as a lounge area where students can relax and study (another function of  library)

– the natural effect: the inner walls of the library give off the illusion of being underground and the ceiling lighting only adds to the effect

What i don’t like so much about this design:

– the safety features or lack thereof; sure it has those little bars at the bottom, but i find it hard to believe that those tiny thing could prevent someone from falling to their possible death, couldn’t they have put in glass or something!

– the lighting above the books themselves: i can’t help but feel that there re too many lights above the books couldn’t the designer have chosen bigger lights so that it wouldn’t be necessary to have so many. Using that many lights isn’t just expensive to buy and maintain (considering the electricity bill), it’s also just wasteful from an environmental perspective


To learn more about this library you can go to http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/about/timeline