expedit grande

seena’s furniture designer boyfriend, randall finally made her a bookcase after she threatened to “just rent a car and go to ikea herself!”. anyhow, he still chose to start with the expedit as the base. it’s hard to resist ikea some times, isn’t it?

randall used, as he says, “some leftover 2″ square mild steel tubing from a prior project and a bit more, cut and welded the base. the expedit is anchored to the wall, and brackets were welded to the frame below the bookcase, which allowed for screws into the expedit bookcase. the beauty of the thing is that the 2″ tubing, is the same width as the frame of the expedit, and the black patina finish i used complements the dark brown finish of the expedit. so, in a sense, they look like they were made to be together.”

not bad, for a bookcase put together in an incredible 4.5 hours. i like how the ceiling height is exploited. the extra height makes the bookcase delightfully grand and though i don’t know how the rest of the room looks, i would think the bookcase makes a pretty strong focal point.

the 3 cubes are from bed bath & beyond (can’t find the $99.00 version randall got, which are knock-offs from the ones at room & board).

check out randall’s modern steel furniture designs too. am loving the benches.