LIGHTEN UP SHELF

PAUL BAILEY, LIGHTEN UP SHELF, 1999

BLOND SASSAFRAS VENEER, HOOP PINE PLYWOOD, BRASS
950 (H) x 1425 (W) x 260 (D) mm

THE WORK

This bookcase has radiata torsion boxes inside each shelf to add strength but keep it light. The curve of the ends give it a lot more strength than if they were straight by bracing the piece. Paul built a Moth sailing dinghy in about 1986 and the construction of the bookshelf is similar - a light efficient ply structure.

“It’s very strong. You can walk on the shelves, put a chair either side and walk across it… I didn’t on this particular piece, but I did on others that I made.”

THE DESIGNER

Paul Bailey began his career by studying at the University of Tasmania, where he graduated from the Centre of Furniture Design in 1986. He went on to further his involvement in the design industry by becoming one of the founding directors of the Designer Makers Cooperative, which is based in Hobart. Paul’s tendency toward producing limited editions and one-off pieces means his works are highly sought after and each contain a sense of individuality and significance. Along with his passion for design, Paul has also studied language and literature.

Born: 1961, Hobart, Australia

Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1986