For years, architect Cindy Black has concentrated much of her practice on the kitchen. In this article, she discusses the pros and cons of open shelving in that storage-intensive area. For many of her clients, this storage option adds a sense of space to a bank of cabinets and creates a place to display ornamentals. Three different designs are profiled: (1) a simple shelf that is supported only by a hidden cleat, (2) shelves hung from the ceiling by threaded rods, and (3) a series of shelves wrapped with a welded band of stainless steel. Each design is illustrated with a construction drawing that shows the method and details of the attachment. Photos: Whit Preston
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