‘Open Shelve Nodes’ Project

Open shelve nodes is a simple open circular design solution to make shelves and structures. Nodes can be made from different (local) materials. The project is in open development – join it. Some solutions are already documented others are in the making.

1 Material Examples


cut & drill virgin or scrap wood

3d printing

download files and print nodes

plastic bricks

get instructions for your LEGO® bricks

2d vector files

download files and lasercut sheet material


lightweight exhibition shelves


flexible shelves from 3d printed molds

more in the making

inspirations from others

2 The Design – Explanations

key info

understand shelve nodes


how to attach boards

angle nodes

deviate from 90°

fails & open ends: things that didn’t work so far.



The open shelve nodes are open. Feel free to use them in any way you see fit. We are happy if you collaborate and share improvements, uses and findings with us. #OSN #openshelvenodes


Open shelves nodes is an open circular design. It checks 8 of the 9 connected methodologies (watch video with explanation, starts 4m34s). If you care to understand the flexibility of this design we recommend our article “What is the final version in Open Circular Design?”

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Last update: November 2021