Gallery: Andy Martin’s Undergraduate Shelving is a Playful Solution to ...


Modular shelving, with its endless possibilities, gets taken to the next level with Andy Martin’s Undergraduate Shelving. Playing with the familiar shape of stackable building bricks, Martin has created a playful reinterpretation that also happens to be incredibly useful. The bricks can be modified to suit the needs of any area while adding a ton of style to a room.

Martin was inspired by his own experiences as a student in Sydney, where he and his friends “built brick shelves everywhere, they ended up forming the walls between us. In later years they evolved into a myriad of painted and graffiti structures which dominated our space.” With the Undergraduate Shelving, the shelf is deconstructed down to its most basic shape. Martin sees this as a way of “ridding ourselves of the complexities of contemporary furniture and giving the opportunity to be modified and redesigned by the user.”

The blocks are created using a CNC Carving Machine to create the shape. The fast growing timber block is then coated in lacquer. To secure the bricks together, a rubber puck is placed between the blocks, essentially acting as a life-sized LEGO system.

+ Andy Martin

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1 Comment

  1. markgrogan June 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

    That’s quite a fascinating storage concept, although I’m sure the base shelves have to be made of one solid piece if you want to be able to support a certain load of books right? I’d love to find out more about how the supports work for the bricks here. Besides that, I love how the storage is versatile and also customiseable. It’s great that it allows people to really explore their creativity!

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