Hole In The Wall

This beautiful and unique home has a great number of modern and very interesting details. One of which presented a bit of a challenge to the owner....a hole in the wall. Actually a large and deep alcove, adjacent to the magnificent edge stone fireplace, intended eventually for some AV equipment and furniture. The difficulty for the owner was finding something tasteful, as well as functional, that would fill the space and work well with the large room's centerpiece, the fireplace. This had, in the past, proven to be a bit of a task.

After spending an evening sitting in the great room brainstorming with the owner, a concept began to emerge incorporating some of the design themes important to her. Exotic wood species and a somewhat random selection of shelf location and drawer size, (a la the stone fireplace) along with careful positioning of the major horizontal lines so as to complement the powerful mantle coalesced into the final design.


Concept As Proposed

The installed AV Alcove is based on a large quarter-sawn Sapele panel floating 3" away from the back wall and sides of the alcove, and backlit with dim-able warm white LED's. Four bow-front glass shelves are randomly placed on the panel and edge-lit with the same dim-able warm white LED's. To the floating panel is fixed a massively thick and amazingly figured solid Bubinga surface for the flatscreen. This surface "floats" on two custom machined posts above the thick-walled Sapele cabinet case with mitered and Bubinga-inlaid corners, which in turn floats above the floor on the same posts. The smooth self- and soft-closing inset drawers are faced with bookmatched Bubinga and incorporate integral carved finger pulls. The AV Alcove is finished with multiple applications of Danish finishing oil and polished English furniture wax.

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Mission:Modern

These pieces were commissioned to house a variety of A/V components and also to serve as beautiful and complimentary furniture in a most unique arts and crafts home. Constructed of lightly stained American Hickory and finished with hand-rubbed furniture wax. Doors are glazed with textured and patterned art glass, with soft-closing hinges.


Concept As Proposed

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