Design has always been a passion of mine. I know that lots of people don’t afford that aspect a second glance, at least not consciously, and here in Germany people often forgo the design aspect to opt for the cheaper variants, but often things catch my eye and stay on my radar, no matter if they are furniture, glass, china, cutlery or any other item.

Some months ago I came across an item which I thought might be of interest to music collectors who are looking for space-saving solutions, and Nils Holger Moorman’s “Musikstapler“, which could be translated as “Music Pile(r)”, fits the bill perfectly.

This one might be a bit difficult to obtain if you don’t live in any of the countries listed at the end of this post, but I’m quite sure that via their contact form, things could be arranged if you live in another country.

Nils Holger Moormann is certainly not unknown in my country and if his impressive array of reviews by major newspapers and magazines (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sueddeutsche, Financial Times, Playboy, Art, Design Report, Spiegel and a slew of others) as well as the recognition received by his peers are any indication, he can be justifiably called a representative of the contemporary or “New School” of German design.

Self-taught, he started out in 1982 and has expanded his products into an impressive line of functional furniture and items that are innovative, simple, intelligent and, most importantly, practical. At the same time, relying on an innovative and flexible business model of having a large part of elements produced by close-by top-quality manufacturers, he expanded his one-man startup into a 20-employee company which continues to reap in rave reviews and international prizes.

The one item that caught my eye was the aforementioned “Musikstapler”. It is an old idea in new clothes, especially because it is expandable and relatively affordable.

Set on a concrete foot, Moormann has designed an expandable and turnable CD tower that can hold about 60 CDs per shelf level and can be expaned to a tower of 10 levels which can then house about 600 CDs, depending on what you stack in there.

In short, what you can do is either have an element the size of a couch table measuring 40 centimeters (height) or a tower measuring close to two meters (height), plus everything inbetween, only covering a base of something like 34 by 34 centimeters.

You don’t need any tools to assemble the various plywood elements, which are basically just stuck together, and which are available in either white, black or red.

Compared to your average run-of-the-mill items sold by IKEA and other cheapo outfits, a full tower with ten levels will set you back about one thousand Euro, but in the end you’ll have a rock-solid item of modern design that won’t cause you any headaches.

This shelf system is really meant to stand by itself in all its simplistic beauty, and I myself would favour it if I had a collection of 600 CDs or less to house, but since my own collection exceeds that number substantially, I would probably opt for another system as I don’t want my apartment to look like an arrangement of Tibetan prayer wheels with ten of these beauties standing around.

Check it out!
It comes highly recommended by lots of people who know their design.

External Links: All links supplied below are in German.

2 levels: 278 Euro
3 levels: 375 Euro
4 levels: 471 Euro
5 levels: 569 Euro
6 levels: 666 Euro
7 levels: 762 Euro

1-level expansion shelf: 125 Euro

Niels Holger Moormann
Shelf systems including “Musikstapler”
Musikstapler Gallery
Musikstapler Specs (*.pdf)
Distributors (Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, U.K., Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Japan, and Portugal)

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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