OBJECTIVE: Display cases for Raiford Gallery in historic Roswell, GA.
The gallery was downsizing to a freshly renovated historic home in downtown Roswell and needed all new display cases and sales desk.
SPECIFICATIONS: The client, Judie Raiford, had several meeting with AHD to fine tune the space requirements for her jewelry and other display items. Ultimately it was decided to do a 9’ long sales desk, 5 tall display cabinets and 3 table height cases. They would be made in maple solids to keep with the light color pallet of the new space.
- The pieces were created using maple solids for all visible surfaces.
- Baltic birch plywood was used for drawers and hidden structure.
- The design made use of as much CNC cutting as possible to help speed up the process.
UNIQUE PROBLEM SOLVING:
This project was easily the largest I’ve ever taken on. Ultimately it was 9 pieces of custom furniture. All of these were on a fairly tight timeline as the client was having her new gallery space renovated and the goal was to be complete when the renovation was done. It required hiring a part time helper and utilizing family members during the final push to completion.
The overall aesthetic of the design was to be refined rustic, using maple solids but allowing the flaws in the wood to be highlighted throughout. The sales desk in particular shows off the solid maple and the variety of figure and color. Due to size of the desk, 9’ long and 42” tall, it was made to be broken down into smaller components to allow for delivery.
The display cases consisted of 2 distinct designs to help streamline the process. There were 5 tall cases built, each being 78” tall and 4’ wide. The upper glassed in portion has glass display shelves and LED lights. There is also a lower shelf, also lit with LEDs, for displaying pottery and sculpture.
The second design for the cases was a standing height table of 42”. These had drawers for lockable lit display and storage. There was also a low display shelf on each of these lit with LEDs.
The sheer volume of pieces created for the project required a very efficient use of space in the Alan Harp Design shop. It became very tight towards the end as there was just enough room to work around the pieces as they were constructed.
“We are thrilled with Alan’s work. When customers come into the gallery the furniture is the first thing that is commented on.”
~ Judie Raiford, Owner Raiford Gallery, Roswell, GA