Modern Spaces Nationwide Utilizing Wall Mounted Shelving

Creating display shelving space in an open loft environment can be a challenge. Open spaces present unlimited opportunities but at the same time without proper structure can be overwhelming. Installations in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Monica are examples of transformations in which Rakks Wall Mounted Shelving Systems have played a supporting role.

Highlighting a Loft in Los Angeles’ Artist District

This artist’s loft in one of LA’s “Hottest Neighborhoods” is a testament to Rakks versatility. Using Rakks Wall Mounted Standards, a custom shelving system was created. Rakks Standards provide storage space for a book collection without sacrificing modern form. The shelving systems frame the spectacular view and the interconnected wall standards expand the horizontal feeling of the space.

“The entirety of the space was constructed and designed from supplied design and construction drawings.” – Darra Bishop, Bespoke Design

Space Designed by Bespoke Design, Photograph by Nick Springett

Brooklyn Brownstone Displays Objects Without Overpowering

Pictured below is a expansive shoe and clothing collection that was featured on a “shoe wall“. The wall is lined with Rakks aluminum shelving on recessed standards. Floor to ceiling sliding panels provide privacy and a sleek visual experience . The anodized extruded aluminum finish of Rakks shelving blends seamlessly with the finish of the dresser.

“The shelves are extruded aluminum with recessed standards by Rakks.” – Slade Architecture

WallMountedShelvingBrooklynSpace Designed by Slade Architecture, Photograph by Jordi Miralles

Santa Monica Home Brings the Outdoors Into Every Room

Each room in this Santa Monica home by Kevin Daly Architects opens to the outdoors. All the interior design elements (including the shelving) contribute to the modern, wide-open theme. This space incorporates shelving that varies in depth depending on the shelf height. This opens up the space to the ceiling while having the bottom shelf function as a working desk. These are wooden shelves on Rakks Brackets of various depths.

“After trading hands in 2005, the 1950s traditional got a major makeover.” – Curbed Los Angeles

Space Designed by Kevin Daly Architects, Photograph by Bruce Damonte

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March 6th, 2014 | No Comments

Incorporating Rustic and Industrial Design Elements

Incorporating industrial and rustic elements into a space requires the furniture, shelving and lighting to harmonize within the space. This photograph of a Brooklyn loft (Christopher A. Dorsey) perfectly demonstrates balancing these design elements. Featured on Houzz, this loft designed by Alina Preciado incorporated a Pole Supported Rakks Shelving System. This system adds verticality to the space and works well with the industrially-inspired lighting and hanging trapeze bar. The leather couch pillows balance the industrial feel, and three Dar Gitane metal tables provide a heavy, gilded-aged look.

Incorporating Industrial Ideas Into Contemporary Spaces

Below is a photograph detailing the transformation of an office within a rustic three-bedroom duplex in Harlem designed by Mabbott Seidel Architecture. This is a more contemporary space: but it uses industrial ideas like open shelving (Rakks Brackets) to better represent a working office space. Industrial elements like this distinguish spaces throughout the home.

“They’re the “C” profile standard and typical Rakks shelving bracket. You can make strong, and reasonably-priced shelves from cutting down sheets of 3/4″ birch plywood.” – Mabbott Seidel Architecture

Blending Rustic and Industrial With Wood and Metal Elements

This Boston-area residence by InTAdesign incorporates a hybrid bookshelf system that blends nineteenth-century wooden boards reclaimed from the house with anodized aluminum components. Hanging open lighting helps connect the bottom and top of the space. Combining the wood and metal elements in the post and beam system perfectly completes the balance between rustic and industrial design execution.

Industrial Design Elements
Space Designed by InTAdesign

How Lighting Plays Into the Industrial Equation

Here is another example of furniture, shelving, and lighting working in unison. This Seattle-area kitchen designed by Fivedot Design Build incorporates industrial-inspired lamps and stools that contrast perfectly with the rustic kitchen bench and Rakks Shelving System.

Photo/Design by Fivedot Design Build

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February 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Quality Low Profile Floating Shelves Are Not a Myth

Rakks Aluminum Floating Shelves

Low profile floating shelves strong enough to hold books are a myth, right? Actually, Wrong. Many architects and designers have had bad experiences with these products, because they are simply not strong enough for books. Most low profile floating shelves that exist in the marketplace look good, but they have limited weight-bearing capacity. Engineering a quality shelf that fits securely on each wall stud is a real challenge for most manufacturers, but not for Rakks. Why is that? Because Rakks can drill custom holes to precisely fit the location and measurement of the wall studs.

Heavy Duty Floating ShelvesInstallation Profile of Rakks Floating Shelf  - Click Picture to Buy

Floating Shelves Strong Enough to Hold Books

It took the Rakks team years of development to get where we are with these floating shelves. Achieving contemporary style with the strength to hold 25 pounds per linear foot was the goal. Trial and error told us that low profile floating shelves that are strong enough to hold things like books are difficult to secure with dynamic stud spacing. This is why Rakks floating shelves can be ordered to fit exactly to the wall studs. All you have to do is specify the exact locations of the holes.

rakks floating shelfRakks Floating Shelves hold 25 pounds per linear foot of weight

Floating Shelf Ideas

Utilization of floating shelves within the space creates a myriad of possibilities (Nice article by HGTV).  Our shelves are engineered to play a supporting role in modern or contemporary spaces. These low profile shelves are not just for books. Artwork and glassware can also be confidently displayed on Rakks floating shelves. Nothing is worse than having a valuable object come crashing down to the floor. So is there such thing as quality  floating shelves that are equally as strong as they are beautiful? At Rakks there is.

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February 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Rakks Shelving: A Perfect Fit in Queen Village Row Home

Queen Village Row Home with Rakks
Rakks Wall Mounted Standards with Rakks Brackets– Click above photo to share. Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

Houzz.com is an extraordinary resource for designers and architects. As we were perusing the site, we came across two stunning Rakks installations in a Queen Village Row Home outside of Philadelphia. The home, remodeled by Rasmussen/Su Architects has a lively, modern feel making it a perfect fit for Rakks shelving.

The owners of this row home chose Ramussen/Su Architects to create a warm and open interior that complemented their collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture and the structure’s existing 19th-century detailing.  The architects employed a combination of custom cabinetry and Rakks to maximize storage and increase floorspace throughout the home, which was paramount given its extreme narrowness of 14 feet.

Queen Village Row Home with Rakks
Rakks Wall Mounted Standards with Rakks Brackets in office loft – Click above photo to share. Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

Kevin Rasmussen, of Rasmussen/Su says, “Rakks shelving provides a great contrast against the original details. Its minimalist look complements the new millwork. As modern as Rakks is, it is very adaptable.”

Rakks Wall Mounted Standards  and Rakks Shelf Support Brackets are made of extruded aluminum and have an attractive anodized finish. The substantial book collection shows that the form is not without function – Rakks handles the weight with style. Rakks Wall Mounted Standards were custom cut to maximize the open desk space and provide an overall feeling of openness while defining the office loft.

Photos courtesy of Halkin Mason Photography

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January 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Rakks Shelving Systems Seen in Metropolis Magazine

Jonathan Rose Rakks Shelving
Portrait by Brian W. Ferry for Metropolis Magazine – Click above photo to share

Every month we wait for our copy of Metropolis to arrive and this month was particularly fun as we opened up to a story on game-changer Jonathan F.P. Rose, an iconic developer in NYC, and on his office wall was a Rakks shelving system. According to Metropolis, Mr. Rose “combines a keen feel for the housing market with a genuine commitment to social justice, good urbanism and green building.”

The system in the photo is a Rakks wall mounted system with Rakks Brackets featuring smaller sized Rakks Brackets as bookends. Apparently Mr. Rose liked this system as much as we do. If you’d like to view this system in an installation video, you can do so here.

Rakks frequently advertises in Metropolis and we have two ads in the January issue. So when you pick up this issue or next month’s, hunt for Rakks! We are proud to have our shelving systems featured in the magazine and are proud to be associated with Mr. Rose.

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January 21st, 2014 | No Comments

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