Elegance for an Upper East Side Bookcase

by Rakks | August 26th, 2011

Rakks Bookshelf
Guest blogger Jarret Yoshida, founder and interior designer of Jarret Yoshida Inc., is back to share more on his work with Rakks systems.

Our firm was in the middle of planning a bookcase for a client needing flexible shelving and storage to help organize a young family in New York City’s Upper East Side. Wonderful client meetings and collaborations with our cabinet maker led us to a bookshelf system with library lighting, built-in desk, technology storage, hidden outlets, wire management and adjustable shelves.

One particular challenge of implementing the design was creating support for heavy books. If the shelf was too wide, the wood would bow and sag under the weight. If the shelf was too short, the once elegant shelves would look awkward and squat.

The beauty and function issue, though, had an easy resolution. After a few minutes of fumbling, we remembered that Rakks brackets and standards would allow for multiple support points in the middle of the shelves. The always helpful Keith over at Rakks suggested an easy-to-install system with embedded standards in the back of the cabinetry and low profile brackets that would visually fade away into our custom shelves. Meanwhile, library light fixtures and embedded lighting behind frosted glass windows for a beautiful glow and a silver leaf wallpaper added finishing touches to give our shelving that classic “library feeling” we all expect.

The end result: the project moved forward, we were able to get the design and functionality we hoped for, and our young family enjoys using their new cabinetry every day. Another win with Rakks shelving!

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