SOON AT THE REFUGIUM :: The Hardware Store Bookshelf. NEW: The Construction Kit

ALEX VALDER: LATTE das Baumarkt Bücherregal/ 
The Hardware Store Bookshelf. NEW: The Construction Kit. 

Back in 2011 one of the more hands-on projects at the DMY International Design Festival was a workshop thatinvited participants to construct their own version of Alex Valder’s Latte. The word Latte is German for wooden slat; and launched one year earlier the name also stood for a shelving system constructed from narrow planks of wood, which could be built along instructions that were free for download online, as an Open Design project. The bookcase was as easy to construct as an IKEA one. Its parts could be found in the average Baumarkt or almost any other hardware store, while most of the cuttings necessary could also be ordered in such as shop. (Valder had paid only 40,50 Euro at his local Bauhaus for the whole). Nevertheless: this year, Valder decided to make potential owners life even more easy by launching a construction kit for the Latte: “To facilitate the assembling we reduced the huge amount of possibilities and to improve the quality we replaced the pine laches with oak ones.” 
Valder (°1971) was born and still lives and works in Berlin. After studying at the UdK Berlin under Enzo Mari and Nick Roericht and a quick stint at the CCAC San Francisco he worked at ArchiMeDes Berlin, while also doing projects of his own, such as the transformation of a APE50 in a kitchen and exhibition mobile, and teaching at UdK. Since 2010 he shares a studio with Judith Seng. 
The origin of Latte was almost as simple as the product itself: “We’d just moved, we needed a quick shelving system, had the pieces of wood – and there it was” The basic element of Latte is a square outer-frame. The rest can be freely designed. Its simple assembly instruction remains available on Valder’s website– (mb) REFUGIUM (BERLIN AS A DESIGN PRINCIPLE) – JUNE 5-9 / BERLIN TEMPELHOF.

ALEX VALDER- LATTE das Baumarkt Bücherregal