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Modular Bookshelf by Kartell

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Polvara is the historic modular Kartell bookcase that can be configured according to housing needs. Polvara is completed by drawers in different colors that create always different compositions.

Modular Bookshelf by Kartell

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Modular Bookcase Cubbie
designed by Giulio Polvara

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Like a building block toy, this modular bookcase by Giulio Polvara allows you to create a shelving system perfect for your space, no matter how often that space may change. The modular bookcase system is composed of three joints and four panels in plastic. You don't use tools, screws or metal pins to assemble this bookcase- you just press the elements together to lock them into place. The modular bookcase is solid enough to be used as a self-supporting divider or even as a shelf-tower in the middle of a room.

This Kartell bookcase system is fitted with a cube container, a component which is offered in various colors. the cube, a useful and colorful bookshelf accessory, can be employed as a stand-alone container and with or without castor wheels for storage of toys, clothes and other objects. Storage Cubbies for the Kartell Modular Bookshelf are also available.

  • Designed by Giulio Polvara
  • Add Cubbies to complete the look


About the Manufacturer

Greenington LogoCreativity and technology, glamour and functionality, quality and innovation: a combination of extraordinary factors together with a strategic vision of distribution has contributed to the lasting success of Kartell. By cultural and entrepreneurial choice, since its origins in 1949 the Italian manufacturer has chosen to characterize itself as the market leader in the production of designers articles which use technology and plastic materials. This choice requires a great understanding of materials and transformation technology. A leader in furniture design, Kartell addresses an international audience with a collection unique in originality, variety, size, and range.

Environmental Info

Contrary to the common idea, products in plastic materials are highly ecological for the reason that they can be recycled (with the exception of polyurethane, little used in Kartell seating). In addition, the use of plastics reduces the need for living plants, such as trees, which are costly and take years to replace. In order to simplify the recycling process, the various components of Kartell furniture can be easily separated and reduced to elements made of one single material. Moreover, the plastic parts of each product carry, clearly printed, an identification mark to determine the correct classification of the seven different kinds of plastic and their effective recycling.


Dimensions & Measurements

Materials:Lacquered polyurethane

Shelf Dimensions:
Small Shelf: 6.5" W x 1.375" H x 14" D
3x3 with Small Shelves 24.5" W x 24.5" H x 14"D
Stairstep with Small Shelves 41.5" W x 41.5" H x 14" D 

Medium Shelf: 14" W x 1.375" H x 14" D
3x3 with Medium Shelves 47" W x 47" H x 14" D
Stairstep with Medium Shelves 77" W x 77" H x 14" D

(Also available on request--call for pricing)
Wide Shelf: 29.375" W x 1.375" H x 14" D
Maxi Shelf: 37" W x 1.375" H x 14" D



Key Features

  • Designed by Giulio Polvara
  • Available in two finishes and endless conifurations





Care & Maintenance

Simple care is needed for the maintenance of Kartell products to retain the original features of the materials.


Cleaning Use a soft damp cloth with soap or a liquid detergent, preferably diluted with water. Do not use acetone, trichloroethylene, ammonia or other corrosive plastic cleaners. Avoid ethyl alcohol, which dulls the surface. We recommend always using a damp cloth to prevent plastic surfaces from becoming charged with static electricity which attracts dust. Also avoid abrasive solvents, cleaning powders and creams, steel wool or rough sponge cloths.

Use Do not drag objects across the plastic surface, even if it has a scratch resistant finish, since sharp objects can damage the plastic just as they would damage wood or metal. Do not place very hot plates or pots directly on the surface, but always use a cloth or trivet.


Cleaning As with plastic surfaces, use a soft damp cloth. Do not use alcohol or other spot removers. For a deeper cleaning use a little nonabrasive liquid detergent and wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Dry the surface well with a soft cloth. Never use acetone, trichloroethylene or

Use Moisture in wood can cause swelling which is normal in a natural material. Our woods hold up well under normal temperature and humidity conditions. Slight color variations from one piece of wood to another are normal and these tend to disappear with time. Wood can change color over time. To delay this, it is best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight.


Cleaning Normal soil on a steel or aluminum surface, whether natural or painted, should be removed with luke-warm water and a liquid household cleaner using a soft cloth or chamois. Never use cleaning powders, abrasive or steel wool pads, which can cause scratching, or liquid
detergents that contain chlorine or its derivatives such as bleach or muriatic acid.

Use Avoid spilling grapefruit juice, cola, salt and coffee on metal surfaces. These can cause indelible stains. To remove black marks on aluminum chair legs, products especially made for steel finishes or non-abrasive car polishes are recommended.


Kartell uses different kinds of covers, for each one you may find the appropriate cleaning and usage instructions within the instruction card enclosed in the packaging.
Kartell US Inc. offers a plastic cleaner kit. Please contact costumer service for more information.