While a room full of new Ikea furniture can still hold some appeal, remembering that it usually takes hours of time spent with little allen wrenches and screwdrivers to put all the stuff together can be a sobering moment. The Scandinavian design company Muuto has just introduced an interesting shelving unit that is modular and can be reconfigured without any tools. ‘Stacked' is the creation of Julien de Smedt Architects. The secret of the system is a series of metal clips the provide enough pressure to hold each of the painted MDF rectangular shelving units together. The architects noticed that shelving systems tend to be designed for either generic or very specific types of storage but never both. The team settled on three sizes of rectangles that can be combined in an infinite number of ways. The clips can either be placed on the back and hidden or brought to the front as an accent design element.

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