At Naturalcity furniture we customize not only the size of our bookcases but also their purpose. This whole unit was made primarily to house what is know as a Butsudan, a wooden cabinet that protects the Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism and takes the form of a scroll inscribed with Chinese and Sanskrit characters, a mandala, of the eternal and intrinsic law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
With room for books, related objects and space itself, we helped create a Buddhist shrine.
Made with selected reclaimed scaffold boards that are joined to give generous storage depth, rarley found in mass produced furniture.
The natural colour of this wood compliments all colours of rooms and all rooms of the house as well as our clients Butsudan.
P.S we can make Butsudans too! Contact us for details..
Henry P. Glass (September 24, 1911 – August 27, 2003) was an Austrian/American designer, architect, author, and inventor. One of his most popular designs today has become the Hairpin leg, designed by him in 1942.
Interestingly his design concepts across all of his work had long since highlighted an awareness of the environmental impact of the production and distribution man made objects..
Concepts: Efficiency in materials use, minimize waste in manufacturing, reduce environmental impact. Optimize shipping, portability & storage of furnishings by use of folding and collapsing design elements (Wikipedia)
There are many ready made hairpin legs available to buy on the internet today but we wanted more variation in size and shape to match our various table and desk designs as well complete control of quality. Once we had our designs we were very fortunate to be able to enlist the welding skills of Clare Grotefeld creator of the Glyndebourne silver Rose to make our designs exclusivley for naturalcity furniture.
This dining table below has extra wide hairpin legs to compliment the tables size as well as using much heavier guage steel than normally found elswhere.
They come flat packed and ready to bolt together.
Two variations on our hairpin legs. A round coffee table and a tall entry way console tables.
As you can see from our Design process page, we use Trimble's Sketchup to produce visuals for our customers. The ability to produce accurate scale drawings and to communicate them across the internet is an absolute game changer.
We make a drawing in the same way as we will make the actual piece, ensuring every step of the way that it will work. Alterations are easy, in fact the whole process is so quick, we are happy not to charge. With no commitment to buy, any designs we produce can always be made up for our Etsy shop. Hopefully a win win for everyone!
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