A couple of years ago I asked Bill to create some shelving for the showroom to display accessories such as glass and ceramics. I asked that it be portable, so we could bring it to trade shows and easily move it about the showroom. He came up with this design and built two of them.
The frame is cherry. It has a piano hinge on top and when the glass is removed the frame folds flat for easy transportation. The glass shelves, graduated in size from top to bottom, are held in grooves cut into the cherry frame.
They have worked very well over the past few years and we have had several visitors intrigued by them, thinking the same design might work well in their home.
This past August, a customer became serious about this design, and asked if we could "grow" it to an entertainment center/storage piece for their living room. After several go-arounds with many details ironed out, we came up with a new, expanded version for them.
The frame is made of ebonized Ash with a contrasting Cherry inlay on the main shelves.
The glass shelves slide out easily and can be moved to different heights. The empty spaces that are left behind when the glass is removed are filled with wooden placeholders, made of the contrasting cherry.
It shipped out this morning, on it's way to Texas (go Rangers!) and we are anxious for our customers to see it in person.
We are frequently asked to design furniture for the storage or display of audio/video equipment We find people are frustrated because the needs in this category of furniture change so quickly. We love this choice for it's flexibility, practicality and honest good looks. When our customer's flat screen is gone, and they are watching movies from some new fangled device, this handsome piece of furniture will still be a useful and beautiful part of their home.