Stylized or plain, this shape is familiar on tiles and fabrics.
Bookcases and display shelves based on the honeycomb shape have a dramatic, modern impact. Designer Younes Duret’s elaborate but modular Minizelli shelves, inspired by traditional Moroccan tiles designs [top], occupy the high end of the embellished book shelf spectrum. Grouped together, these large octagonal units would add a fascinating sculptural element to a wall even if they weren’t filled.
Scaled back to a basic six-sided shape, British furniture designer Timothy Ben’s “hex” shelves are constructed from MDF (medium density fiberboard) carcasses, like some kitchen cabinets, then covered with wallpaper to add visual interest. They offer an equally appealing shape even when they sit on the floor.
The elemental simplicity of the hexagon makes these shelves approachable for kids’ rooms, as etsy seller Handmade Riot suggests, or as a DIY project even when they are scaled down in both size and number.