»For this kind of shelf you need craftsmen who work with absolute precision – or forget about it.«

What was the origin of the design for Plug Shelf? 
The project started with the delivery of a sample box. The box contained about 30 materials. The technical quality of those samples and joints was stunning. My team and I realized very quickly that we wanted to make something out of this precision. And that is how the idea of the shelf came up.

What role does precision play for your shelf? 
It does not require any glue or screws. Plugin joints of this nature ultimately depend on extreme accuracy. The dowel must be fitted into the cross-piece and the shelf board so accurately that it has no play. Only then the shelf is stable and can be assembled and disassembled easily. You need craftsmen who work with absolute precision for this – or forget about it.

Did you invent the wooden dowel? Or is it a classical type of wood joint?
No. The dowel was my idea. In the first models we screwed the shelf boards and crosspieces together. But I knew that the key to the solution would be in the way how parts are joined together. This is why I came up with the idea of the diagonal wooden dowel. In the end it has become the distinguishing feature of the whole project.


steffen kehrle, born in 1976, studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. From 2007 until 2009 he worked for Stefan Diez in Munich. After this he founded the Atelier Steffen Kehrle focussing on product, exhibition and interior design. His clients include institutions and international companies. Since 2009 Steffen Kehrle has been teaching at the School of Art and Design Kassel. 


Studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna with Paolo Piva, Borek Šípek, Ross Lovegrove and Hartmut Esslinger

Studio based in Munich, Germany

Plug Shelf

PLUG SHELF is a simple shelf based on a clever plug-in system. It consists of only two elements, shelf boards and crossbeams, which are connected by means of a diagonal wooden dowel. Due to the simple construction and the high precision of the craftsmanship, the shelf can be assembled and disassembled without need for tools, screws or glue. more


COLOURS Oak natural / Ash black / white / green / red


Plug Shelf


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