Design inspiration: Whatnot shelving by Phil Procter

Introducing the Whatnot, a minimal display shelving system by Rotterdam-based designer Phil Procter. Made from matt black anodized aluminum and solid ash, the design is a modern interpretation of classic 18th century shelving designs.

Typically supported by two or four upright posts, 18th century Étagère and Whatnot shelves were designed for showcasing artifacts and personal treasures in the home. Procter’s shelving is based on a grid system, and all proportions of the design inspiration were considered.

Procter is a British product designer based in Rotterdam. Established in 2010, his studio makes use of familiar materials such as wood and steel. The products produced by the studio are manufactured and distributed directly by the studio or in collaboration with international brands.

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