The “Chanel” of Design Takes an Architectural Approach to Home Storage

Boffi’s CTline shelves take an architectural approach to storage.

“I am in love with pure minimalistic space,” says the Milan-based architect and designer Victor Vasilev, “but our homes are invaded by objects every day. We are drowning in books, magazines, DVDs, and electronic gadgets.”

Vasilev wanted to create storage that, rather than acting simply as a piece of furniture, is part of the interior architecture. In considering how to achieve this, he found inspiration in American skylines. “Looking at these random buildings put together creates this wonderful image,” he says. “I thought a containing system should work in a similar way. The buildings in a city have to adapt to a context. In this case, the context is your house.”

Vasilev approached the design company Boffi to develop the idea for his CTline shelves. “Boffi is like Chanel in the fashion industry,” says Vasilev of why he wanted to work with the company. “I always dreamt of taking my chances with them.” The manufacturer, in turn, expressed enthusiasm for the shelves. Development took less than four months, with designs launched in Milan in April 2013.  Here, Vasilev speaks to the process of  bringing his concept to life.

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Victor Vasilev explains his product below:

  1. The breakdown of the volumes in the ‘buildings’ has generated a series of staggered “floors,” which may contain several objects, creating a fascinating urban setting.
  2. I have proposed a couple of ready-made solutions for the living area and the bathroom, but I hope that each designer will create a different composition for every new client.
  3. The open side allows you to see the objects in something other than the narrow frontal view.
  4. The mirror on the inclined front side (available upon request) personalizes the module for use in bathrooms.

Victor Vasilev (b. 1974) was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and emigrated with his family to Israel when he was 15. In 1996, he moved to Italy to study architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. During this time he also studied as an exchange student at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 2004, Vasilev started his own practice in Milan.

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