Signs of Purposefulness in Objects

Very pleased with the outcome of my first “DIREITO” floating shelf design  in lovely Umbila wood, one of our country’s treasures.
The slight groove towards the back, nearest to the wall, was conceived to keep picture frames in position. The vertical returns at the ends help with the stability of the shelf, and is where the supports for the screws are positioned. These uprights also serve as book-ends for paperbacks, if desired, and balance out the proportions of the shelf, which is made with a 20 mm plank.

About Maria GC Aragão

Architect, Quality Systems Controller. Founder and Principal of A OFICINA - Design e Arquitetura, E.I., a micro design and architecture studio based in Maputo that executes projects and idea-things. I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce. As an external examiner of university student work, I look to architecture as an act of translation. I am currently furthering my knowledge in M&E and Quality Management in order to integrate multidisciplinary teams and benefit others through transfer of skills learnt in the building industry.

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