Switchback Bookcase Wins Our Challenge
Congratulations to Pete Jones, aka “blueberry1,” the grand prize winner in our Creative Bookcase gallery challenge. Jones’ combination of efficient use of space and imaginative layout made for a playful design that was easy on the eyes. Voters in more than 30 countries including Australia, France and Venezuela cast their ballots, giving Jones 16-percent of the vote.
The two principal design elements that caught our eyes were the slightly (seven degrees) offset dovetails and the decreasing height of each shelf unit. This change in dimension can be a rather efficient use of space for a shelf that handles everything from small paperbacks to chunky hardcover biographies. Jones has effectively cut out a great portion of the negative space we so often see in a standard rectangular bookcase.
There’s a small catch, however. It wasn’t Pete Jones’ bookcase that garnered the most viewer votes. An art nouveau piece by Strother Purdy, aka “Fideo3,” actually came in at number one (26-percent). Trouble is, we noticed that Purdy is the author of a soon-to-be-published book by the Taunton Press. Since prizes cannot be awarded to employees or freelancers working with the company, our prize package goes to Pete Jones’ bookcase, dubbed “Switchback.”
Purdy’s piece is certainly worth mentioning, however. Made of solid pear, the graceful curves that give this bookcase its character flow together in a harmonious design that viewers really responded to. Terms like “breath-taking” and “ecologically fit” were par for the course for this entry. This stellar example of art nouveau isn’t the only runner-up worthy of praise, however. Have a look at our round-up for other noteworthy designs.
This seven-foot diameter circle of solid mahogany garnered 12% of the vote.
Coming in with 8% was “End of an Era,” a comical take on the state of the print industry.
Some 6% of voters put their money on this example of modernist engineering.
Jones' whimsical, yet utilitarian design earned your votes.
Jones clamped his stock into a dovetail jig at seven degrees off the normal 90-degree position.