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An A5 shelf and hook combination inspired by old books
An A5 shelf and hook combination inspired by old books. If you are interested in purchasing a shelf please email me directly at:ellamerriman5@gmail.com
An A5 shelf and hook combination inspired by old books. If you are interested in purchasing a shelf please email me directly at:ellamerriman5@gmail.com
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What is a prototype?

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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Inspiration

The inspiration for this piece came from a book with curled dog-eared corners. I loved the form that the corners held and began thinking about how this could be translated in a material that could hold this shape permanently. I chose aluminium because I wanted the shelf to be sufficiently chunky but not overly heavy. 

Books with 'dog-eared' corners
Books with 'dog-eared' corners

Purpose

The Dog-Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items on the curled hook whilst holding smaller items on the shelf surface. In a hallway, coats or umbrellas can hang off the hook whilst the shelf holds handbags and rucksacks. Or in a bathroom it could hold a toothbrush and toothpaste whilst a flannel hangs from the hook. 

Example of Dog-Eared Shelves in a Hallway
Example of Dog-Eared Shelves in a Hallway

I have decided to produce my shelf in A5 size for Quickstarter as it keeps the price affordable and makes postage efficient. Furthermore, it is the perfect size for locations around the home. 

Production and Design

I created many prototypes in different materials before deciding on the shelf's final form and material. This means that my design has been rigorously tested and fully realised. All the shelf images shown on this page have been hand-made by myself. If I reach my target they will be manufactured by a company in the UK who specialise in small to medium metal batch production and powder coating. 

Each shelf will come with stainless steel screws and rawl plugs so that it is easy to put up on any wall. All you will need is a drill and a spirit level.

Original Prototype in Red
Original Prototype in Red

Colours

Choosing the colours to offer on Kickstarter took me a long time and I carried out many surveys on peoples colour preferences. I hope my selection of white, black, green, blue and orange allows enough options that everyone can find one that will fit with their style. Although, there is the special Colour Choice Reward available if you have a particular colour preference.

Final Colour Combination (minus the black)
Final Colour Combination (minus the black)

Risks and challenges

As this is my first ever Kickstarter project I am trying to triple check everything to avoid as many setbacks as possible. However, as I am a newbie, a risk may be that I get my timeline slightly wrong or postage time inaccurate. I will strive to keep you updated regularly so you always know what stage the manufacturing process is at and I will let you know of any alterations to the arrival time of your shelf!

Manufacturers are ready to produce and powder coat the shelf, as no tooling needs to be specially manufactured, and sufficient time has been factored in to each stage of the project to deal with any problems which may occur.

If there are any colour combinations (within the colour options available) that you would like, but cannot see on my rewards list, please message me and I will try to make a new reward option for you.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.31

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    You have bought yourself a new friend! Maybe you like the shelf but already have plenty of boring shelves, so pledge £1 and get lovely friendly emails in your inbox, updating you on my project's progress instead.

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    Pledge £18 or more About $23

    WHITE Dog-Eared Shelf

    The lovely Dog-Eared Shelf in white for those who appreciate minimalism.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £18 or more About $23

    BLACK Dog-Eared Shelf

    The lovely Dog-Eared Shelf in black for those who like to live on the dark side.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $29

    BLUE Dog-Eared Shelf

    The lovely Dog-Eared Shelf in a beautiful blue. The coloured shelves are slightly more expensive due to powder coat stocks and the fact that purchase of the colour needs to be included in the price - sorry!

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $29

    ORANGE Dog-Eared Shelf

    The lovely Dog-Eared Shelf in a vibrant orange. The coloured shelves are slightly more expensive due to powder coat stocks and the fact that purchase of the colour needs to be included in the price - sorry!

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $29

    GREEN Dog-Eared Shelf

    The lovely Dog-Eared Shelf in a minty fresh green. The coloured shelves are slightly more expensive due to powder coat stocks and the fact that purchase of the colour needs to be included in the price - sorry!

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    BLACK + WHITE Dog-Eared Shelves

    2 x Dog-Eared Shelves in white and black.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    WHITE + WHITE Dog-Eared Shelves

    2 x Dog-Eared Shelves in white.
    A reward specially for my Mum and anyone else who likes their home to be as minimalist as possible.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $104

    BLUE+0RANGE+GREEN+WHITE 4 Shelves

    A set of four Dog-Eared shelves! One of each colour (Orange, blue, green and white) to work together in perfect harmony or for use in varied locations to brighten up your day.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $326

    COLOUR CHOICE 10 Dog-Eared Shelves

    10 shelves in a colour of your choice! The colour needs to be RAL specified (I can help you with this!) and you can have ten lovely shelves in your favourite shade.

    Formed from 4mm aluminium sheet which is then powder coated. Each shelf is 210x118x49mm and weighs approx. 350g. Comes with stainless steel dome head screws and rawl plugs.

    The Dog - Eared shelf can be used in many contexts to hang items such as coats and bags on the curled hook whilst also holding smaller items on the flat shelf surface.

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Funding period

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