As a carrier of information, books may be heavy and obsolete for many people, they prefer to get information through digital media. But information is not only need to be saved and transfered, I believe that the weight and the thickness of books, as well as the satisfaction and pleasure when people are reading books can make people think more about books, think more about the relationship between information and people. If the digital media is a tool for information dissemination, then the book is the "Sculpture of Information".
Books are placed on The Shelf. For one book, its mission to transfer information to readers has been completed. One-way meaninglessness means death, so I only use black&white in Shelf to convey this concept. If a book is the sculpture of information, then Shelf is a sleeping museum in which a lot of artworks are displayed.
MATCH & EXCHANGE
Dragging the book down means taking it down from Shelf. Based on the tags and the title, Shelf will find another book in another Shelf which may come from the other side of the world. Talk to the owner of the book, reach a consensus, then exchange!
After virtual exchange in APP, then how to operate it in reality? Shelf put more emphasis on the relationship between books and people, not people and people. So here comes the Shelf Box. The design of Shelf Box was inspired by "Drop-off Box" and "Vending machine".Each Shelf Box has its own ID, and each book recorded also has an ID, input them through keypad to make books transfered from one box to another. Shelf Box can be distributed in major metropolitan areas all around the world.
在APP中进行了虚拟的交换，那实际中呢？SHELF的设计初衷只想强调书籍与人的关系，一定程度上弱化人与人的关系。于是，就有了Shelf Box，设计中结合了『还书箱』和『自动贩卖机』的概念，每个Shelf Box都有一个ID字段，被记录的书籍也会产生一个ID字段，结合之后在按键处输入，便可完成书籍在各个Box间的转移。它们可以分布在全球各大城市的一些主要生活区域。
Emma is a Shanghai girl, she recorded a novel A in Shelf, by matching, she found another novel B in Beijing, and she decided to exchange with its owner Bezantee. Day2, Emma took subway to college, put the book into the Shelf box nearby, and typed ID which contains some hidden information on the keypad. Several day later, Bezatnee was noticed that novel A had arrived in the Shelf box on East Street. After work, Bezantee got the book by typing ID.
上海的Emma在Shelfbox中记录了一本看完的小说A，通过Shelf匹配出了在北京另一本小说B，决定与其主人Bezantee交换。第二天Emma乘地铁去学校，将小说A放入地铁通道旁的Shelf box，并输入了其ID。几天后在北京的Bezantee通过Shelf App获知自己交换的小说A已经送达至东大街旁的Shelfbox，下班后，Bezantee途经Shelf box，输入ID得到了小说A。与此同时，Bezantee的书B也已经通过同样的方式到了Emma手中。
When the book was transfered to its new owner, its mission to transfer information was reactivated, so I think it is being reborn with the color of life. You can set an estimated reading time for the new book, for example 2 months. As the time past by, the book was losing its color.