Two days ago I wrote about my idea for floating shelves and shared the first prototype. Now I’ve had a chance to try out a few new designs and I figured it would be fun to share them! Like the first prototype, these designs are pretty unpolished and are more exploratory pieces than finished products. However, I definitely feel like I’ve taken some steps forward in moving towards a final product.
The first of the new design is similar to the original prototype, but much more compact. The vertical spine on the original prototype was much too big, I thought, so I shrunk it down in this second version. I also changed the location of the crimps that secure the steel cables in place. In the original version they were located just behind a slot that ran down the middle of the spine and were completely visible if you looked at the shelf from the side. In the new version, the cables run though internal channels to the back of the spine where they are secured by crimps in a recessed area that’s totally hidden. As with the original prototype, this shelf was designed with the idea that it could be an easily stackable modular unit.
The second design is similar to the previous one, but has a curved shelf. I’m not totally sure what I think about this one. It looks sort of cool, but at the same time is not that practical. The shelf would be good for holding small knick-knacks, but little else.
The final design is my favorite. It is a longer bookshelf with supports at either end. I think this design has a nice balanced look and is the most practical of all the designs. I plan to continue playing around with this concept a little more before anything is finalized, so stay tuned!