dbd Studio - Cantilevered, Rotating Media Cabinet

Our first furniture project of 2010 was commissioned for a modern loft condo in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC, directly across the street from Mies van der Rohe’s last building, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The owner is an avid art collector and wanted a media cabinet to double as an art display piece and act as a room divider between the living and dining spaces. He requested a mix of modern and industrial materials, so we combined stained, finished wood with raw, unfinished steel. Custom fabricated 3″ steel adjustable lally columns extend floor to ceiling to support the media cabinet and 2 shelves above. The entire left side of the media cabinet is cantilevered for a dramatic effect and minimize contact with the floor. Shelves are double layered 3/4″ stained plywood supported by 2″ square steel tubes bolted to the main supports. The media cabinet box is supported by 2"x3" L-stock steel. An additional request was to design the TV mount so it rotated to face every room in the condo. The center load bearing lally column had to be heavily modified in order to accomplish this. The guts of a Lazy Susan (normally used in kitchen corner cabinets) were installed to provide a smooth rotation. All wires and cable are hidden within the steel supports for a clean look. A video documenting the install and design process: http://vimeo.com/10355841

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