Box and Ball

The "Bilia" shelving system by Swiss designer and manufacturer Xilobis owes its incredible variability to a simple basic idea: steel balls serve as the connecting element between birch plywood modules that can be assembled any way you please. Depressions have been incorporated into the outer walls of each box to accommodate the matching balls, which then hold the module firmly together. This means the system can be assembled, altered and expanded without the need for tools. The elements are available in a range of different colours and sizes, drawers and doors can be added if desired. The double thickness of the bases and walls that results from the combination of the individual self-contained modules might be expected to make the system look bulky, but the edges are bevelled at a 45-degree angle, thus creating an impression of slenderness.

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