‘Exedra’ shelf

Exedra shelf is a little wall shrine for your venerated objects, books and personal relics. It’s shape is inspired by niche found often in classical architecture and the texture of crumpled paper. Conceived in a way so it seems to be integral part of the wall it’s hang on, the shelf is lightweight and solid enough to support many different objects. ‘Exedra’ shelf will give a personal and unique touch to any wall.

fiber reinforced concrete with painted interior. size: 22″ x 14″


The Creative Contours of the Exedra Shelf

As Hepner says, the designer Created Exedra “not just as a wall shelf, but also as a wall shrine for all of your important objects, books and personal relics.” Hepner’s careful choice of language might suggest that the piece has a spiritual-religious antecedent, and, indeed, there’s no denying the correspondence between Exedra and all those strange and fascinating wall-bound niches one happens across in the deep dark recesses of Gothic Cathedrals.

But before you go reserving Exedra for your Saint’s bones and vials of dust, consider its contemporary aspect. Exedra’s cast resin possesses the enviable quality of easy formability. This makes it the perfect material for Hepner to form into its unconventional shape and exterior aspect.

As far as the look of the outside, Exedra’s principal analogue is a crumpled piece of paper; it rather appears as if one had been artfully sculpted, than affixed directly to the wall. And on that score, the faceted texture and seamless transition reinforce the organic sense. In fact, Exedra doesn’t appear so much as a separate feature, but rather as a very appendage of the selfsame wall—the ideal medium for the act of secreting away, while yet displaying your most treasured possessions in Exedra’s otherworldly blue pall.”

2012 by Joseph Starr/Desiner Pages