(Note: This is a reprint of our official press release located here: Return to ICFF 2014)
CHICAGO - May 3, 2014 - Riveli Shelving is returning to the International Contemporary Fair (booth #1256) for the first time since its prototype appearance at ICFF Studio in 2010 - this time as an entrepreneurial success story.
Riveli is the debut product of Lake and Wells, Chicago-based design firm owned by husband-and-wife duo, Mark Kinsley and Tamera Leigh Staten who won ICFF Studio Awards individually - Mark, for Riveli Shelving in 2010, and Tamera, for the Oona Pendant in 2013. Both Riveli and Oona will appear at ICFF with expanded lines of product options, in addition to a preview of a new geometric pattern series, Arcturus, designed by Tamera and available on Riveli Shelving products.
The Riveli product line started off as a handmade piece, created by Mark as a response to a compact living space in his downtown studio. He worked with a local machine shop to hand-machine all parts from solid aluminum plate, paid for by trading design work for shop time and materials. The response from viewers at ICFF in 2010 was so overwhelmingly positive that Mark spent a year refining and patenting the design. Shopping it around to furniture manufacturers to no avail, but with public demand and orders in queue, he founded Lake and Wells and began manufacturing and selling Riveli as the first product.
In the midst of developing Riveli and daylighting as a designer for luxury brand Holly Hunt, Mark met Tamera. She had just returned home to Chicago after completing her graduate studies in England and was working as an apprentice in antique lighting restoration and redesign while freelancing as a graphic designer. Their meeting sparked what turned into a marriage of both life and work as they discovered Mark’s technical artistry, engineering skills, and focus on functionality paired uniquely with Tamera’s dark, playful whimsy and creative vision. Alongside American-based artisans, Lake + Wells works to create evocative, heirloom quality pieces that celebrate American design, manufacturing, and ingenuity.
Riveli is an innovative, modular, patented shelving system which transforms the shelf from a display platform for objects and art into an object of art, itself. Designed and made in America out of solid, extruded, recycled aluminum, Riveli is comprised of individually-pivoting shelves, a sleek 16” wide x 9” deep x 1/4” thick each. With a sophisticated drop-resistant motion, the shelves fold up to reveal the underside — featuring interchangeable, customizable, magnetic artwork and materials, or the beautiful luster of a luxury line of architectural-grade satin anodized finishes.
As a completely modular system, Riveli allows an interactive display of two-dimensional art and three-dimensional objects on any wall space in any configuration, with the flexibility to be built around a media screen or architectural elements, like windows and doorways. Lending itself to large and small spaces alike, Riveli is ideal for both high-impact wall-to-wall installations and maximizing the space economy for city living. Riveli can also replace traditional small profile furniture like bedside tables, console tables, or bar systems, with a dynamic high-end alternative.
The modularity combined with the new suite of product options allows Riveli to become a bespoke piece for any space, or rather to endlessly create bespoke spaces, which can be reinvented again and again.
Riveli is available to-the-trade and direct to consumers through www.riveli.net
Lake and Wells will display Riveli (with a cameo by Oona) at ICFF, booth #1256.
High Resolution Photography: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ygulxwksr9a95c/UqoIa2dpnL