Revolving Double Bookcase
The idea of a double-sided bookcase came from a Georgian piece made in the 1800's, and sized for a large English Manor House – almost 8 feet long and 4 feet high. This made me start thinking about the form and its use in contemporary homes, and I settled on a design that could be used as a side table, and also had the ability to access both sides of the bookcase easily. By using high tech bearings and support wheels for the rotation mechanism, and steel shafting with bronze bushings to keep the parts concentric and rigid, I was able to make a piece of furniture which is exciting, functional and still aesthetically pleasing. The burled maple on the top, with the ebony and holly stringing, sets off the natural beauty of the Honduran Mahogany. The two secret compartments are designed with hidden hinges and latches, so that only the owner knows how to access it. If you lose the key, you may always contact me and I can make another.
The surface finish on this revolving bookcase is lacquer, a natural product that is easily repaired by a finisher, and which is not particularly sensitive to water or alcohol. The surface is hard and durable, but will scratch if abused.