We riffed on the elements of the desk shelf, bringing together plywood, cork and metal. The cork in the bracket provides a natural book end, and delineates spaces on the shelf. We created ‘structural cork’ by incorporating a ⅛” thick aluminum bracket that cradles and strengthens the cork, allowing us to use the natural soft material in a structural way.
For the material of the main shelf, we started our explorations with plywood. The usual back bevel / chamfer that we use in our plywood (think of the sloping edge on the monitor stand or desk shelf) didn’t work on the wall shelf because your eye level would be below the shelf when mounted. Looking up at the bevel exaggerates the plywood and distorts the view. We went back and forth discussing the issue and finally decided on a flat edge for the shelf, which has a nice balance with the cork bracket shape.