This is potentially a bookshelf.

…depending on how one parses the validity of images. Preliminaries for this overwrought exercise in the reuse of salvaged construction materials are here and here.

For comparison, here on the opposite side of the library from our exercise in pseudo-Deconstructivist furniture design are the pseudo-Victorian built-in bookshelves designed by LW4 in 1996 and constructed by master furniture builder Richard Buck of Sommerville:



To my great surprise, rather distinguished author and design authority Karl Aspelund apparently intends to include a photo of  this bookshelf project of mine in his upcoming textbook Designing: An Introduction published by Fairchild Books, a division of Bloomsbury Publications.  According to the representative from the publisher who contacted me,

The textbook is a core text examining the multi-faceted world of professional design. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the design through its history from the mid-19th century to today’s multicultural global marketplace, and learn to  recognize its elements and principles in colorfully illustrated chapters. The design process is explored in practical terms of conceptualizing, researching assembling, and presenting and then examined in the context of 2-d, 3-D and virtual environments, emphasizing user experience and the constraints and needs of client-defined creativity. Covering all topics common to foundation studies and recognizing that all designers benefit from shared vocabulary, it will provide students with the tools to create designs that are both visually compelling and conceptually inventive.

I’ve been informed that this is to be the description appended to the photo of my piece:

Even that which is “deconstructed” often has as much a sense of being “a gestalt” as any design. This bookshelf, an exercise in the reuse of salvaged construction materials has as “totality” of its own.

October 5th, 2010
Categories: Design, Other Creative Work, Technical
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