MOLTENI&C celebrates Graduate’s 15th birthday
Born 15 years ago from the creative mind of architect Jean Nouvel, Graduate by Molteni&C has become one of the iconic pieces of the Brianza-based company.
It is a suspended bookcase, which almost seems to float in the air. A design virtuosity that, since 2003, is produced in the basic one-meter module through which you can create endless custom compositions.
From an engineering point of view, Graduate is supported by an upper shelf incorporating a series of tie rods, which is fixed to the ceiling or wall. The tie rods distribute the weight evenly over the entire surface of the bookshelves and are provided with numbered notches – from which the name Graduate derives – to which the shelves are fixed. Despite its light and almost ethereal appearance, Graduate is gifted with remarkable “strength”: in fact, each linear metre guarantees a maximum load capacity of 120 kg!
Graduate was included in the ADI Design Index in 2004 and won the prestigious Red Dot Award in 2005.