Here the irregularities of the wall are suppressed by the streamlining effect of the shelving.
Seven Metre Fitted Bookcase
A combination of oak and composite materials was used to construct this modular bookcase with staggered shelving. It comprises 16 modules which have been engineered to slot together seamlessly, i.e without joins being exposed.
Example of a bookcase with horizontal staggering of the shelves. The chunkiness of the shelving is obtained by adding lips to the shelf fronts in matching hardwood. This adds rigidity and prevents the shelves from bowing.
Modular Bookcase in Walnut
A 4 metre wide bookcase constructed in 12 modular sections. The sections are designed to interlock precisely with the adjoining modules, thereby hiding the seams. Notice the dental pattern on the underside of the cornice.
Built-in Unit comprising Computer Desk and Shelving
Combination unit fitted into a recently constructed alcove. It was built predominantly of oak and painted to custom specification. The doors of the centre section open to reveal a computer work area with a sliding keyboard shelf under the worktop.
Triple section Free-standing Pine Bookcase
Example of a 5 metre long bookcase made from Quebec yellow pine. This is a typical example comprising 6 modular pieces made to fit together insitu. The central section is recessed to enhance the design and add to the aesthetics. There is another image of this commission under construction on the Workshop page.
Oak fitted bookcases with adjustable shelving
These were fitted recently into an Edwardian property. Notice the protrusion of the cupboards that symmetrically wrap around the chimney breast. The frames around the shelves are set into the recesses here to break up the linearity across the room. The shelves are adjustable and therefore require additional support to prevent bowing. This is done by 'lipping' the shelves which gives the impression that they are thicker than they actually are.
Antiqued Pine Bookcase
This is a 2 metre high bookcase with the shelves fixed into the sides. The backing boards help to support the shelves to avoid excessive bowing. When pine was at the height of fashion I developed an 'Old Pine Stain' application and this treatment was used on this piece. Also observe the reeded columns.
Set of twin bookcases made from Victorian reclaimed pine. The pine used is probably 150 years old so it had plenty of time to naturally distress. These units were constructed at the height of the pine boom
Designs in Shelving
Designer shelving made mainly of quality birch ply and finished in American Black Walnut. Despite its appearance the unit is very stable with the curved members bolted to the shelves. It was an attempt to design something completely different.
A number of interlocking modules were used to construct this oak shelving immediately below the 45 degree pitch of the roof in a terraced house in central Cambridge. This was part of a Study project where space was at a premium.
Oak Desk with Partitioned Drawers and Integrated Filing Cabinets
This bespoke desk was commissioned at the same time as the shelving which is the reason I have placed it under the bookcases section. I designed this so as to avoid making the space look too crunched up, allowing plenty of space between shelving and desk. The filing cabinets are incorporated in each pedestal.
Oak Bookcase in 2 modules
Here is an Oak bookcase made up from 2 modules and approximately 1.6m wide. The frames and lips on the outer edges of the shelving are in Oak and are there to reduce or even completely eliminate bowing.
Magdalene College Nicholas Ferrar Documentary Storage Units
I was commissioned to construct these 2 Oak units to house the Ferrar papers and prints. The project was awarded by The Friends of the Pepys Library and Historic collection, Magdalene college, Cambridge.. They are housed at the Old Pepys Library which was originally built in 1928. I chose various mouldings, patinae and styles of construction to match.
Understairs Bookcase in Oak
Here is another example of angular shelving. This was constructed in 3 modules, each with a width of about 600mm. In this case backing was requested
More staggered Shelving
In this case I was given additional criteria so I was more restricted in the vertical separations between the shelves. I also had to keep the modules symmetrical . This was the end result. The position of the spotlighting works quite effectively for an evening scene. Note the quadrant shelving to the right
Asymmetric Shelving with TV housing
Here is an example of asymmetry working well and shows you that you can accommodate some features at any position you choose. Notice the array of shallower shelving to the right to avoid blocking the light from the external door.
Here are examples of both fitted and freestanding bookcases. The fitted furniture has been designed to fit precisely into the space available. Where lower cupboards are involved these usually protrude at the base and much consideration is given to the height ratios to obtain the optimum balance before the hand-crafted construction commences.
Shelves can be either ‘routed in’ or adjustable. If the walls are irregular the bookcases can be backed in either matching or contrasting woods. See also the gallery for more designs and additional bookcase commissions. Similar items will also appear under cabinets.