Designed by Oscar Pipson for Richard Clarkson Studio
In early 2017 we began working on a range of homewares aimed at the tabletop scale. We called this evolving collection of products: Executive Objects. They are designed using a simple manifesto that states each object must be minimal in style, geometric in form, honest in material, elegant in simplicity and sculptural to the core. The manifesto itself is a simplified reflection of the Studio's own design style and ideology. The collection launched with five product lines, one of which was the Lean, a self-clamping bookend for standard thickness shelves. Oscar worked with us through our Project Project platform to create a this design, a culmination of his talents and innovation with our resources and expereience.
Lean is inspired by the self-clamping table legs used by Luis Arrivillaga in his Quadra table system. Like other cantilevered designs Luis's table legs lock into position using the weight of the table top and the angle of the legs themselves. This method does away with the need for fasteners or glue and creates a more modular design. Our Lean bookend embodies the very same principles, it easily slots onto standard shelves or surfaces from 1/2" to 3/4" (12mm - 18mm) thick. Lean happily rests at a slight angle and only locks into place once books are leaned against it.
Traditionally bookends must be used in pairs to clamp books from both ends but with Lean the books only need be supported from one end. Lean can be used 'left or right handed' depending on the side the books are lent from. Weather it's a single, special book or a full shelf Lean has got your back.