Sharply Stated: Angular Shelving from Andrew Perkins
Those of us with a thirst for knowledge and who love our books may claim an open mind and lack of judgment, but when hard-pressed to name our favorite tomes, we’ll let loose a title or two. There’s something almost sacred about a favorite few books, and as such, folks with an eye for design have a tendency to pull them away from the rest of the pack and display them in a place where their titles can be noticed from across the room, placed in a spot of honor, so to speak. Add to that a few visually arresting relics, photographs or tschochkes and you’ve got a nice vignette going; place them all on some artful and angular shelving and it’s a full-fledged conversation piece. San Francisco-based designer Andrew Perkins has the perfect set of shelves for just such an arrangement: the Display Natural, spanning 23 inches wide and 41 inches tall. Made of walnut and steel, the piece stands alone as a work of art, and when paired with art from another medium, its appeal is broadened even more. In Perkins’ own words, “The progression of shelves allows the user to highlight certain objects and the size and color can be customized to any space.” His past experience as a cabinetmaker clearly comes into play in the tightly geometric planning and execution of the shelves, which sell for $1100.