Edifice Shelving

Angular, nested cubbies create displays for books or objects

Angular, nested cubbies create displays for books or objects

Furniture, 2018

“This will kill that. The book will kill the edifice.”

Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris

Typical shelving is generic and one-size-fits-all. Edifice Shelving is tailored and specific. Its angled, saw-tooth shelves accommodate books of varying width, and its graduated vertical spacing books of varying height.

Like library stacks, the shelving is freestanding and porous, and doubles as a room-divider. The design is modular. Multiple units tile together into larger assemblies.

The prototype shown here is fabricated from ½” Ultralight MDF, CNC-milled with mortise and tenon joints and finished with satin lacquer in an off-white similar to book paper.

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The shelving is freestanding and open, a screen that reveals as much as it conceals ( model credit: Stephanie Beamer )

The shelving is freestanding and open, a screen that reveals as much as it conceals (model credit: Stephanie Beamer)

The shelving ends with a crisp, chamfered edge and inner fold

The shelving ends with a crisp, chamfered edge and inner fold

Some planes come together at inside corners; others overlap

Some planes come together at inside corners; others overlap

 
The freestanding, double-sided shelving is tall enough to act as a room-divider while allowing easy access to the top shelf

The freestanding, double-sided shelving is tall enough to act as a room-divider while allowing easy access to the top shelf

 
Prototype with books

Prototype with books

1/2”=1’ scale model

1/2”=1’ scale model

Detail of prototype with books

Detail of prototype with books

 
The modular shelving expands with the multiplication of the basic unit

The modular shelving expands with the multiplication of the basic unit