Aliante bookshelf was a project developed for the Carbon Fibre Design Contest 2012 by Olympus FRP, winner of the 1st price. The aim of the contest was to promote the use of the carbon fibre material with its intrinsic characteristics of strength and lightness in the furniture product category.
The idea behind Aliante bookshelf is to create a ‘low air-resistance’ piece of furniture. The inspiration comes from aeronautics (Aliante is the italian word for glider) and the shape of the shelves reminds the wings of the aircraft. The winglets at the end of the shelves also create the bookends. The overall dimensions of the bookshelf are quite big (2,2 mt high and 2,7 mt wide) despite its very light and slim structure.