Vintage 1950's Shelf Upcycled as Floating Desk

Vintage 1950's Shelf Upcycled as Floating Desk

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 17, 2011

Just walking down our city block, we often pass by several thrift shops that simply toss abandoned shelves to the curb. Sure, some of these pieces may require serious R&R, but if you're like Janine Rewell (her space recently featured space in Design*Sponge), there is no task too tall or impossible. Her goal is simple: upscale older pieces to adapt modern living. Such an example can be seen in this older shelf converted into a floating oasis for work.

Personally, we're very much with the curator of this space: "I'm constantly afraid that the cast relief picturing my great grandfather is going to fall on my laptop," says Janine.

But aside from the vicarious placement of decor, we love how she's used a Finnish 50's shelf by Alvar Aalto and transformed it into a delicate, yet modern floating desk that feels like a match made in heaven for her Apple MacBook Pro. Paired with a set of tiny white speakers, the effect is a lightweight workstation that is given plenty of breathing room with the high ceilings and traditional details.

Given she doesn't pile tons of paperwork day in and day out like most of us, we'd say this controlled floating desk is an epic success, though we could probably find a more ergonomic solution than that black metallic chair which seems to have been chosen for more aesthetic reasons than function.

Be sure to check the rest of her photo set over on Flickr or the full interview at Design*Sponge!

(Images: Design*Sponge)

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