room divider

AL 29.98 Shelving Systems, Inspired By Nature, Needed in My House.

I still haven’t fabricated the room divider that I wanted to use to hide the view from the street into my house, and now I’m kind of glad I didn’t because I love this shelving system, and it could be used as a nice visual break without blocking light flow from the front door.

Italian company AL 28.98 has released two new indoor shelving systems inspired by natural forms and shapes that have been reduced to pure harmonic geometry. The new lines, Fagus, and Ginko, compliment the more traditional Celtis shelving system.

The new shelving systems are practical and useful, constructed from hardwoods covered in extruded aluminum skins. The units can be mounted flush to a wall surface or run floor to ceiling in the center of a room creating not only a shelving structure but a room divider as well. I especially like the images where they have placed three or four of these units side by side across the center of the room.

The units come with additional accessories, like coat hooks and shelving organizers, all of which are made from aluminum and designed to match a specific shelving style.

The aluminum finishes for both units are white, aluminum, titanium, and black with either natural stained wood centers, or painted wood in green and red.

a catalog with dimensions and additional details is available at the AL 29.98 website.

Fagus in Aluminum

Ginko in multi colored wood and black aluminum skinning

Fixing the floor and building the screen

photoA few weeks back I posted about the bamboo floor situation just inside the front door of the house. At the time I had mentioned that the flashing under the door had been cut to short and water had seeped in causing wood rot and discoloration for about 2 feet just inside the front door. We were trying to replace the floor with bamboo that would match in color and texture, but what we found out was bamboo changes in color from lot to lot based on the manufacturing process. So even though we were purchasing the correct bamboo flooring from the same manufacturer, the color was off in every box we looked at. So after 3 months of searching we decided to go a different direction and installed black bamboo flooring just inside the door.

The effect is actually quite nice. The black creates a visual threshold just inside the door, and the color adds a matching accent to the counter top on the kitchen island about 10 feet away. This is nice since the island is such a larger surface in the common room at the front of the house. The black bamboo surface shows a bit more of the undulating weave in the flooring itself which creates a subtle texture, and helps to accent the color break.

Right now my only objection to the black color is, that just like a black automobile, it shows all the dirt and dust that is brought in from the outside. So it looks like I’ll be getting a floor matte to cover a portion of the flooring. Aside from that, it turned out great and I’m really pleased with the end result. photo(3)

This week I am starting to build the screen that will help hide the view from the outside of the house. The screen is going to sit just behind the new section of flooring and should help create an even more defined entry space into the home. Last Friday I was able to download the construction plans for the original screen that I was going to purchase, but now I have decided to modify them and build my own with different materials. Instead of going with 2 inch thick black rubber for the base, I am going to use a 2 by 12 by 32 inch piece of rose wood with a black rubber pad beneath it. I’ll be using 6mm thick translucent fiber glass rods for the screen component. Each will be set into the wood at a 15 degree offset spaced about an inch and a half apart. As I get underway I’ll be making posts on the construction process and the end results. Since the base is going to be rather costly, don’t look for this to be finished by the weekend. I’m  thinking this is a take your time, go really slow and do it right project.