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November 13, 2007
flw shelving system by =thebailey This is excellent craftsmanship with wonderful and practical design and it's all made of recycled materials!!
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flw shelving system

at last… this is my (winning!) entry into the current artisan crafts ‘recycled inspiration’ competition : the rules were simple – materials must be recycled, inspiration must come from a known designer / artisan etc. have a look at the other entries here : [link]

i notice that i am not the only person entering this competition that has been inspired by frank lloyd wright : one of my favourite architects, one whose approach to building resonates with me. a few years ago i was able to visit and tour around his most acclaimed residential work ‘falling water’ at bear run, pennsylvania. i had always admired the images i had seen, but the reality of the building, as a home, a work of engineering and the incredible setting stuck with me profoundly. if you don’t know what falling water looks like then here’s a link : [link]

this shelving unit is inspired by falling water, i reclaimed the mahogany from a completely trashed bookshelf unit that had been dumped out in the bin compound here at the school i work in. i had a lot of work to do to get it usable again, thicknessing it down to rid it of the graffiti and nasty thick varnish, then ripping it down to usable sizes. the actual design of the shelf came from both falling water and the key pieces of timber that i had, based on their length and what i could get from them. all the corner joints are dovetailed with 5 tails making a total of 80 tails altogether, where the members cross they’re simply bridled together. it is simply finished with oil.

the shelf has metal brackets at key corners and cross members that allow it to be screwed to the wall, it can be hung at any rotational angle giving it an incredible number of different expressions, although
for me to represent falling water i think this way up is the most suitable!

time taken – approximately 26 hours
dimensions – 1300mm x 900mm
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1000x840px 455.07 KB
Shutter Speed
1/80 second
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 27, 2007, 1:04:32 PM
© 2007 - 2021 thebailey
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I love it looks awesome

bookiemcgee's avatar

I can't wait to do this to my new apartment! Especially since I'm a huge book nerd so I'm always looking for more shelving

bookiemcgee's avatar

Very beautiful! I love mid-century modern design!

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jean-moss's avatar
I'd like to buy one from you. Could you quote a price?
thebailey's avatar
sorry, but i'm not making furniture these days - retrained as an architect a few years back. your best bet will be to find a maker near where you live and ask him to make something similar, always good to support the local economy!
bookiemcgee's avatar

Perfect! My parents are architects! Free quote!

Awesome work!!!
edctpsu's avatar
great work!
maybe you would like to join ~Craftcycle:iconcraftcycle:
thebailey's avatar
thanks very much... looks like a cool club, i'd love to be a member! i'll add it to my watch list.. :)
edctpsu's avatar
:) I'm glad you think so.. it really needed some exposure being so new... :)
sibbysibby's avatar
hehe. Woodwork is sexy!

I know you have probably already answered this somewhere in your many many comments, but... How do you hang it up on the wall without ripping out the drywall/hunting down the studs?
thebailey's avatar
thanks : one of the benefits of solid masonry walls is that you can hang stuff on it really easily. where the uprights & shelves intersect, or at corners, there are metal brackets which you then screw through into plastic plugs in the wall...
sashamya's avatar
i want this to put in a house i will some day have.
thebailey's avatar
lol : glad you like it - thanks for the :+fav: too! :)
khai87's avatar
it almost look like a heartshape.
great one n congrats fer the DD :)
thebailey's avatar
thanks : much appreciated...
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This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
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thebailey's avatar
WOW! thanks so much! this is such a privilege : i am honoured... :bow:

KinkaGirl's avatar
This is so cool! Everyone seems to want one! What would you do if someone copied it? :/ I sure wish I had building skills. The only building I'm good at is making origami boxes...
thebailey's avatar
there's not all that much i can do to stop people copying it to be honest. although if someone started marketing it i'd do everything possible to come down on them with all the design right laws i could...

glad you like it though!
KinkaGirl's avatar
Yah, but if you did have to have a lawsuit, you have all these people on DA who could back you up! If you marketed it, I would totally buy it :heart:
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