One Step Up Bookcase

One Step Up


A Simple Bookcase

One Step Up is a bookcase that combines form, material and function in a simple and chaste design. Francis Cayouette has been inspired by the ladder as an object and he has created a new flexible piece of furniture ideal for storage. 

Francis Cayouette has used recognizable elements taken from the form of the ladder and incorporated its mobile attributes. Details such as the fittings are emphasized and bring authenticity to the object. The natural ash wood and the industrial metal shelves create dynamic and the exquisite materials work great together and create a complete expression.  

Francis Cayouette explains: "I am very absorbed with multifunctionality, meaning products that can be used in various different ways. I wanted to design a flexible bookcase without an inconvenient disassembling process which easily could be moved around creating new spaces in the domestic home or the office. The classical ladder is easy to move around in the room where you need it. The idea of taking the form of the ladder seemed logical. The final result is a bookcase that looks like a ladder with exposed fittings and a wooden frame but with the quality and finish characterized by superb furniture." 

Design: Francis Cayouette


Francis Cayouette

Francis Cayouette is member of the Danish Designers Society and holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial design from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal (1994). Francis also studied at Les Ateliers in Paris.

"I find working on very different projects inspiring. It is important for me to start a project with a fresh mind and without too many preconceived images. It requires a lot of work and exploration, but that’s generally where the new ideas come from. I find it very inspiring to challenge myself into unknown areas. I learn a lot from working in different fields. The result should be surprising and open minded, but also honest and easy to understand. When I start a project I try to focus less on the product and more on the needs. I’m interested in finding new interpretations but also in the everyday interaction of the objects, people and space. Today, new technologies and new materials allow more liberty for the creator. I try to translate these possibilities into more freedom for the user. The objects surrounding us should be able to adapt to the fast and constantly changing situations in life. Our needs are increasing, but our space is not. I believe there is a challenge in creating better basic products that makes life easier instead of more complicated."

Design Awards: 

Heima: IF Product Design Award 2010

Francis Cayouette


China, 封面 Living, June 2014, Bau, One Step up, Color Box, Ducky, Circus, Oona
In the media

One Step up in the Chinese magazine 封面 Living.

June 2014

Germany, Couch, June 2014, one step up high
In the media

One Step up in the German magazine Couch.

June 2014

Instagram, April 2014, @joycecroonen, One Step up
One Step Up on Instagram by Joycecroonen 

#onestepup, @joycecroonen

One step up and down
Blog post

One Step Down

The One Step Up shelving unit is now also available in a low version making it an even more versatile piece of furniture. 

One Step Up styled in germany
Blog post

German Step Up Styling

On the German blog called Philuko we spotted some lovely pictures of our One Step Up Bookcase.

One Step up Normann copenhagen bookshelf
Blog Post

New product in Milan!

One Step Up is inspired by the ladder as an object and is a flexible bookcase made out of ash wood with metal shelves...

One Step Up, Normann Copenhagen, Season September 2012
In the media

Season September 2012