In collaboration with BASF, Studio Inma Bermudez have engineered OTTO, an innovative, heavy-duty shelf constructed entirely from plastics. The design of OTTO is modular, facilitating effortless assembly, expansion, and repair. Remarkably, all plastic components are made from a single type of material, simplifying and ensuring the optimal recyclability of the plastic components once they reach the end of their lifespan.

OTTO is a testament to the increasing demand for sustainable furniture that minimizes environmental impact. Its construction utilizes high-performance plastics, which are notable for their strength, durability, and lightweight properties. The materials are highly optimised and enhanced, to the extent that each wooden shelf can support up to 100 kg. These versatile plastics significantly diminish the carbon footprint, especially when alternative raw materials are employed.

In series production, OTTO’s carbon footprint could be further reduced using the biomass balance approach. Here, renewable raw materials replace fossil raw materials in BASF’s production Verbund, which significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

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The design inspiration for OTTO was drawn from architecture, specifically the principles of bridge construction. The realization of this design was supported by the BASF Creation Center in Ludwigshafen, a team of industrial designers, material specialists, and simulation experts.
The objective was to create a sustainable, heavy-duty shelf that capitalizes on the benefits of high-performance plastics without compromising on sophisticated design. The result is OTTO, a product that seamlessly blends functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal.