Floating Shelves On Display
A designer’s approach to open storage with strength and style.
Synopsis: 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
For the past 14 years, I’ve been working as a residential architect with my husband in Austin, Texas. In 2009, I opened an offshoot of our firm called Hello Kitchen to offer architectural services focused around that…