Organically Shaped Plywood Shelves

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The designer’s description

The Ply Shelves are an apparently simple design, which is more complicated under the surface. Resembling the conventional wall mounted bracket shelf system, this design morphs these separate entities into a singular, yet variable thickness shelf. The brackets are spaced at sixteen inches on center in order to align with wall studs. Between these brackets, a digitally relaxed surface is generated in response to structural calculation. Constructed of laminated plywood sourced from managed forests, these shelves are created using 3-D models and CNC-milled parts with low-VOC finishes and carefully optimizes material yield to reduce waste.

Further Information on the Ply Shelves can be found in our publication ‘Range‘. the Ply Shelves are also available for purchase from our online store.


year: 2010
size: 48″ x 12″ x 6″
material: Baltic Birch Plywood
sustainability: we source our plywood from managed forests
manufacturer: Matter Design & C.W. Keller
principal: Brandon Clifford & Wes McGee


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