Last week I decided it was time to start working on some new designs. I thought for a while and wrote down about 30 different ideas, then decided to just jump right in and start tackling them one at a time. The first project I’m working on involves the idea of “floating” shelves. Most of my work centers on suspension designs that use wood and steel cable and I figured I might be able to make some sort of wall-mounted shelf using these principles.
The initial idea was to create a wooden spine that would mount to a wall and then to suspend the shelf from it in such a way that the shelf never actually touches the wall or spine, but instead appears to float. I did a little sketching and then jumped right into making a prototype out of plywood just to see if making such a thing would be possible. The prototype is just a first pass and there is definitely a lot of room for improvement to the design, but with this initial go-around, I learned that the concept is definitely feasible. The prototype was plenty stable and would definitely be able to support books and other knick-knacks. Now I just need to work on aesthetics! The prototype’s spine is way too big and the shelf looks a little too bulky to me as well, so those are the first things I’ll try to tackle.