Edit: Thanks to ApartmentTherapy.com for the feature.
We've had so many random projects that I've not been able to schedule an afternoon to take pictures of the nursery, but my friend Kelly (and her awesome pictures) motivated me to get out the camera. Also, Peter and Jenny needed a shot of a crib for a project they're working on, so here goes... Lots of high-res goodness if you click the shots and some detailed information below.
I just finished putting the final coat of wax on Jennifer's
benches... I'm really pleased with how they turned out -- the maple and
cumaru have such a nice contrast. Like the prototype, these have cumaru plugs on the outside where the joinery happens... and with the maple top, they're super sturdy.
We have two pairs (edit: a single pair) of original closet doors in amazing condition. They were pulled out of a house in Terra Linda, but they could very well fit other models — or be modified (made more narrow) to fit other models.
Each door measures 31in wide and 94.5in tall and when installed would ideally fit a closet that's 58-60in wide. If your closet is more narrow, you could also cut them down fairly easily.
We also have the original alminum floor guides included in the purchase.
They're in amazing original condition with the original zolotone paint and burlap. There are just a few nicks on the zolotone that could be easily touched up. The burlap is worn in places where you'd put your hands to open — one set is worn a bit more than the other, but the next owners will likely replace the burlap anyway... it's pretty easy.
Unfortunately, for us, they're too narrow overall, so I'll be making new ones from scratch one day.
For Sale at $200 pair or $350 for all four doors + guides. Drop me a line a email@example.com if interested. Click on the images below for higher-res versions.
Brent wanted more of a "Dieter Rams" look with a walnut and white combo... and his request for alternate feet prompted me to prototype the new adjustable foot option which seems to be working pretty well. Since his are the first feet off the production line, I gave him his choice of wood — he chose walnut for a nice bit of contrast. Brent also wanted the unit a little lower and a littel wider than standard to fit a specific space — and of course, custom sizes are no problem.
In the evolving design and discovery of the Case Study Shelving Units (CSSU), I've been able to further refine the sizes and pricing, expand the options and now offer adjustable legs/feet.
The prototype features a mahogany leg insert, but the final production model will use maple to match the shelves. Look for a production model photo soon.
Sizes: The bay-width has been "standardized" at 23in (or multiples of 23in). This allows me to better utilize materials and stock sheet sizes which saves money and reduces the per-unit cost for you. I've been able to do the same with the shelf depth and leg height as well. The depths have been standardized to 11.5 (for books), 14in (for general storage) and 18in (for electronics). Of course, custom widths and depths are an option, but this gives folks something to consider when looking at a fixed cost pieces.
Panel options: In addition to the Walnut/Enameled panels, we've also begun to offer the "neutral" panel option which are matte black or gloss white on one side and clear-coated MDF on the reverse. This option gives a more casual or industrial feel and also quite a bit cheaper due to material cost of time required to finish the panels. I've also been able to offer a DIY/unfinished panel option which is great for folks who might want to paint the panels themselves or cover with materials of their choice (think: vintage posters, wall paper, grasscloth, etc.). The DIY panels are unfinished MDF on both sides.
Feet: I've been able to design a foot option that is (1) attractive, (2) sturdy and (3) adjustable. Since the legs are made of anodized aluminum, getting anything metal to faithfully adhere to it has been a challenge — aluminum is tough to weld and soldering isn't strong enough to support the weight of the shelves.
The new leg design contrasts the coolness of the metal with the warmth of wood and the stability of the entire unit. The leg insert runs up to the base of the bottom shelf and uses the shelf as primary weight support. The prototype pictured above features a mahogany leg, but the production version will be maple to match the shelves themselves. The small hint of wood at the bottom is a nice design detail. These legs will add $5/leg to the overall cost (as an option over the plastic feet) and are available now.
Pricing: I've been able to create a more fixed pricing chart with the options mentioned above based on the most popular size — the 2X2 (two bays wide X two bays high... 32in total height and 46in width)
adjustable feet = $5/leg... or $30 for the 2X2 unit (6 legs)
Upcoming news: We'll also be transitioning the "branding" a bit so as to better separate the personal/house content with the newer made-to-order furniture and design/build content... so watch this space in the coming week or so for updates. It's good timing now that the CSSU shelving has been better refined and we're wrapping up work on the house itself.
It features the new "Neutral" palette with MDF-core panels which make for a less expensive option over the walnut-ply panels. I'm really liking the contrast of the lacquered-MDF against the gloss white and matte black and it might be my new favorite combination.
When assembling this, I was reminded of how nice it is to work with these materials. The MDF — when lacquered — takes on an almost leather-like quality with a slightly galvanized-looking sheen and the maple is wonderfully figured. Unlike birch (also an option) which is nearly grain-less, the maple has all sorts of fun artifacts including wavy grain and a few knots.
I've also been able to better standardize the selection to 11.5in, 14in and 18in deep shelves with 23in wide "bays". This is a 2X2: 2 bays wide and 2 bays high — the most popular option, it seems.
With the neutral color-way, this 11.5 in deep unit will retail for $375 — a good bit less than the original color-way with walnut panels at $425 in the same size.