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Project by xylosapiens posted 10-26-2008 11:56 AM 7680 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been a simple job, but it may include an interesting solution for some of you. The sliding doors for the library measure 200 cm (high) by 105 cm (wide). So the resulting cross-sections of the doors elements, needed for a solid constructión, were too massive to achieve the light aspect of japanese sliding doors. The solution has two parts: the main decision was to use laquered glass for the doors. This is a completely opaque glass, laquered in different colours. Using this kind of glass I got my hands free to “carve” overdimensioned spaces for the glass pieces and put it in the doors’ fronts fixed with thin wood lath. The result was 2 or 3 cm less in the seen cross-sections and a lighter aspect for the doors.
Este ha sido un proyecto sencillo, pero con una solución que puede resultarles de utilidad. Las puertas son correderas y miden 200 cm de alto por 105 cm de ancho. Las secciones necesarias para construir unas puertas sólidas eran demasiado gruesas para conseguir el aspecto de ligereza de las puertas japonesas. La solución tiene dos partes: primero decidimos utilizar un cristal opaco. Con este material pude colocar piezas de cristal más grandes de lo habitual y junto con unos verduguillos muy estrechos, el resultado fueron de 2 a 3 cm menos de sección visible en cada pieza de las puertas y, por lo tanto, un aspecto más ligero.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#1 posted 10-26-2008 02:47 PM

Very nice job on this cabinet. I’m a big fan of the Asian design and I like to experiment with different traditional shoji designs when I have the time. I like the lighted shelves, nice for display. Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 10-26-2008 03:17 PM

Alejandro -

Great job – I like the clean lines, and the lacquered glass is an interesting application in you design. Thanks for sharing your work.



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#3 posted 10-26-2008 05:17 PM

amazing…love the lighting..

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 10-26-2008 05:24 PM

The drawers within the drawers are nice also.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#5 posted 10-26-2008 06:53 PM


This is awesome! I really like the play of light with the use of the opaque glass. I also really like the way that the display shelves are “stacked” 90 degrees from each other creating visual interest from two sides. I also like how you did one drawer front with smaller drawer boxes behind it for a very clean uncluttered look. What type of wood and finish did you use. Great work!

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#6 posted 10-26-2008 10:33 PM

You will find it amusing, but you can’t get walnut here in the stores, nor lumbers, nor veneer. But the client wanted something similar, but not red coloured. So I had to use a dye. I use always ash: it is a very clear wood with an interesting grain and it accepts water based dyes very well. But for the first time and for no reason at all, I used MDF board covered with pine. Just one think: never more. The resin content of the connifers make it unapropiate for water based dyes. It’s the ABC but somehow I forgot it this time. The finish is also a water based one, medium glossy.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#7 posted 10-27-2008 10:18 AM

Wow! really nice work!


-- ciao h.

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