How To: Make Shelving out of Boxes

How To: Make Shelving out of Boxes

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 1, 2009

Last month I visited Michelle McCormick and really loved what she had done with old wood boxes in her home. She'd stacked them in all different sizes and then clamped them together with old wood shop clamps. You can see it in the pics above and below...

At the time, I thought this would be a great product idea: you buy the boxes in sets with the clamps and then you put them together any way you want. You could go really high or wide, whatever you want. And the sets would be really affordable.

Then I walked by the new Tretorn shop in Soho and saw that their store display used a similar idea. They had taken nice, new wood crates and strapped them together into shelving displays with bright yellow shipping straps. Very nice. Reminded me, as well, of Tejo Remy (below).


AND then I found out that something like THIS had been designed for mass retail by Milan-based industrial designer Marc Sadler and he called it Ombelico. This has the strap aspect and the modular aspect.

So THEN it was with only very little surprise when I stumbled onto Jennifer Ward's blog and saw this cliip from Ikea that they were doing it already with a design by Francis Cayouette - but only in France! Go Ikea! HOWEVER. I still really like my original idea of using stylish clamps that you can see, rather than little hidden metal clips, which is what Ikea is using.

Which is a long way of saying that there's still BIG DIY opportunity here waiting to happen....

>> Ikea BINTJE in France
>> Francis Cayouette

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