I always love problem solving. Figuring out ways to showcase an item in a way that is beautiful, but doesn't detract from what's being shown. Complementary. It also has to be ultimately useful and utilitarian. I also love the idea of a display being versatile and easy to adapt to a changing line of products. These are my favorite challenges.
I met Gracie Moakler at Porter Flea (an incredible maker's market) this past holiday season. She purchased one of my vases, and we got to talking. Turns out the vase is for her new studio, which happens to be in the same building as mine. After talking for a few moments, she asked if I'd be interested in designing a display for her jewelry. I leapt at the opportunity. I'd always loved designing and building fixtures while working for Anthropologie, and I missed that part of the job immensely. Here was a chance to do it again, but for another company with great style and an inspirational drive.
The end product was awesome. The entire unit is wall-mounted, sitting on a bracket so that it can be easily moved or travelled with. The half inch birch plywood features a shelf at the bottom and is riddled with very small holes to accommodate copper nails. Essentially, it's an upscale pegboard with barely-there holes.
From there, I designed geometric walnut busts that could be mounted in several different ways. The busts featured similar holes, allowing the copper pegs to support necklaces of different lengths and styles in different ways.
My favorite part is what sits on the shelf. Eight inch lengths of dark walnut are drilled with 2"x2" grid of more holes, though larger than those on the plywood. These hold mixed lengths of copper pipe, which support shelves of varied sizes. These are designed to hold bracelets, earrings or necklaces and can be arranged in so many ways. Additionally, the 8" pieces can be removed from the shelf and used as a table top display!
I was so excited to work on this project, and Gracie was a great client! Here work is stunning, and I'm glad I got to help showcase it. Check out her site here: www.miriam-designs.com/
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