The client is an interior designer who has travelled extensively all over the Orient. She wanted to use an empty wall in her home as a display area to showcase some of the art pieces, books, vases and other items collected on her travels. In particular, she wished to showcase three large brass statues. We designed this wall unit around those three pieces. The largest and weightiest statue went in the center with a shelf above. Using the rule of thirds, we broke the wall unit into three sections with a drawer on the bottom of each section acting as a kind of visual pedestal for the contents above. The lines outlining the “thirds” are somewhat subtle in that they are broken in numerous places from top to bottom and side to side by additional shelves. However, the subliminal presence of an overall composition with nine equal sections lends a pleasing composition to the space. The other two major brass statues are centered on the intersection of these lines or sections, imbuing the entire composition of the wall unit with visual interest and positive energy. Imposed on top of the thirds is an overall composition that is symmetrical, achieving a quiet balance and power that is free of clutter, despite the many items displayed in the wall unit. Sections of the wall unit are further divided. Each individual section is carefully proportioned into individual spaces with good “qi,” or energy. The result is that there is a strength and spirit to the structure of the wall unit that transcends its functionality. We used our Canvas laminate because it offers the simplicity and purity of white with a subtle addition of texture and depth. The entire wall unit is a blank “canvas” for the owner’s art and collections.
The drawers on the bottom are functional as well as acting as visual pedestals to anchor and strengthen the design. The client uses the drawers as a type of hidden storage for additional pieces of art. Many of the pieces on the shelves are rotated on a routine basis, keeping the display dynamic and meaningful for the client.