The library systems of Danish designers like Mogens Koch achieve an almost weightless modular wooden cabinetry by making the walls as thin as possible. The cabinets lose very little by way of strength because they are made of solid wood and dovetail joined. This is consummate Danish craftsmanship, still executed with exacting detail in the beautiful Rud. Rasmussen workshop. The boxes of the Koch system can stack on top of and beside each other without looking bulky or clumsy because the total thickness of two sides placed together is still amazingly thin. Also remarkably thin are the company's profit margins (craftsmen this good don't come cheap), meaning no overseas dealerships for now. You'll just have to visit the charming showroom next time you're in Copenhagen. (Poul and Hanne Kjaerholm's library, with MK shelving, shown above.)

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