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    Shelves for Sweden

    By bryan boyer
    May 7, '05 1:39 AM EST

    We have our final presentation in studio next week and I ended up spending two days in rural, central Vermont getting polycarbonate panels waterjet cut for the Swedish By Design project. Trust me, when you're on deadline there's nothing better than eating two whole days. There's a lot to talk about with this project but for now I'll just trickle out a few more images. Below are some concept renderings for one of the shelving walls that will sit in the middle of the booth and then a shot of the final piece mocked up here at the GSD. It's constructed from waterjet cut, interlocking 10mm and 6mm polycarbonate panels. Somehow the cutfiles ended up 90% of actual size so the wall is now just under 6' tall instead of somewhere around 6'6" like it should have been... eek.

    Love those render artifacts from low radiosity settings. The splines on the ceiling are standing in for a 'cloud' made of similarly interlocking polycarb panels that follow those curves.

    The booth is comprised of three primary elements: a corner wall that's entirely rectilinear; a cloud like, curvilinear ceiling canopy; and then this wall which acts as the transition from one condition to the other and is thus executed as a kind of angular, torqued volume.

    Looking a little motley with the protective plastic and some gaff tape this is the final wall mocked up in the Pit. Slotting the thing together is not a fun process: the joints are tight and the edges eat into your palms pretty bad. Good thing the cloud is only 800sqf. of the same assembly method!


    • bigness

      how will you hold the cloud up?

      May 8, 05 11:55 am  · 
      bryan boyer

      The cloud is fully supported by the 7 vertical risers of this shelf. Err-- no. It's hanging from the ceiling of the exhibition hall. We've devised a system of 10 hanging points that each account for about 80 sqf of cloud. Due to the cellular nature of the polycarb and the open grid of the cloud itself, I think the structure is going to weigh in at around 1-2lb(s) per sqf.

      May 8, 05 3:46 pm  · 

      should work...when in doubt, go steel rods!

      May 8, 05 8:00 pm  · 
      Shelving Very appealing design. It would be very interesting when applied in retail type applications.
      Jun 27, 08 9:48 pm  · 

      Nice retail shop fittings! Thanks for this article!

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