Mid Century Wall Shelves & Coffee Table

I like it when I client gives me a challenging brief that requires some lateral thought. On paper this was a simple set of shelves with a mid century modern feel to display personal items and house a small flatscreen tv. The challenge was to make a 4 x 2 meter run of shelves in sections that could be easily transportable and simple to install with minimal wall fixings. Oh and it had to float off the wall to avoid cutouts in the uprights for the skirting board and keep a clean vertical line.

Thankfully the client’s design broke down into two main sections - the ‘bookcase’ on the far left and then ‘tv shelves’ on the far right. The section in between is bridged by a series of individual shelves that tie the whole thing together. Each section is comprised of 18mm birch ply components which are either permanently glued together or use ‘knock down’ fittings to join them. The ‘tv shelves’ are made from character elm boards to bring a richer hue to the piece and are profiled with a curve shape. A small coffee table completes the commission with a birch ply base and elm top in a simple mid century style.

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Birch ply and elm coffee table in mid century style.

Birch ply and elm coffee table in mid century style.

Sketchup model of the shelves with ‘sketchy’ render.

Sketchup model of the shelves with ‘sketchy’ render.

Laying out on the floor was the only way to test the assembly…

Laying out on the floor was the only way to test the assembly…