Design and usability have always been emphasized in Kemppi’s product development. These aspects are shared by Nikolo Kerimov, a Finnish designer and entrepreneur. Kerimov and Kemppi joined forces in order to produce a prototype of Kerimov’s design shelf, Shelfie, for the Meet My Project exhibition held in conjunction with the Maison & Objet fair and Paris Design Week in 2014.
Shelfie was originally designed out of wood for an experimental product design course at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture with the task of creating a collapsible product for the home environment. As Kerimov continued working on Shelfie with aluminum, it became obvious that all of the individually crafted shelf components required special attention: without industrial production, each part would end up slightly different. This being his first time in manufacturing metal prototypes and welding aluminum, Kerimov turned to Kemppi professionals for guidance on the challenging project.