Private Library/Study
New York, New York

In designing this element for a collector of contemporary Mexican art who had purchased an apartment in a 1920s building in New York, the challenge was to respect the style of the built context while responding to the vibrancy of the artworks housed there. The tapered edges of the shelves recall the detailing of the Art Deco period while concealing the depth of the shelf behind, which had to carry heavy art books. Oak and mahogany are juxtaposed to reference both the architecture - the oak floor - and the artworks, many of which are framed in dark South American tropical woods. Sliding restoration glass doors are concealed in a pocket between shelves and wall. They are detailed to appear frameless, with only a turquoise-stained rope molding at the meeting rail to recall the cording on the drapery.

Date of Completion: 2000