Featured workEgg Design: Parquet Jozi Bookshelf

Egg Design’s Parquet Jozi Bookshelf is named after South African province Gauteng’s capital city, Johannesburg, affectionately referred to as “Jozi”. Depicting the city’s high-rise skyline, the bookshelf was created in 2013 by designers Greg and Roché Dry, who “decided to make a reclaimed teak shelf and build a miniature Jozi on it, out of aluminium maquettes.” The bookshelf is composed of reclaimed teak parquet tiles, while the buildings – exact replicas of those found in the Johannesburg skyline – are made out of recycled aluminium. Their metallic ends can be inserted in the many brass-lined openings scattered throughout the surface, allowing the buildings to shift places. “The idea is that the buildings can be moved around on the shelf,” state the designers, “making space for books to be placed.”

  • Reclaimed parquet flooring, recycled sand cast aluminium, 60 × 168 × 37 cm. Courtesy of Southern Guild and Egg © Egg

    Egg Design. Parquet Jozi Bookshelf, 2013
  • Reclaimed parquet flooring, recycled sand cast aluminium, 60 × 168 × 37 cm. Courtesy of Southern Guild and Egg © Egg

    Egg Design. Parquet Jozi Bookshelf, 2013