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 dont know what falling water looks like then heres 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 theyre 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