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Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf, Large, Silver
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- Conceal floating book shelf by umbra mounts to the wall and becomes invisible behind a stack of books
- Constructed of powder-coated steel; mounting hardware included (inside fold of cardboard backing)
- Supports up to 15-pound of books; maximum stack height 8-inch
- Size: 5-1/2 by 7 by 6-1/2-inch; fits medium to large books.The maximum book depth is 10 inches.
- Patented, award-winning design by miron lior; portion of proceeds donated to pratt institute school of art and design
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From the Manufacturer
Umbra Conceal Book Shelf
For a fresh, ultra-minimal look, the Conceal bookshelf from Umbra mounts to the wall and becomes invisible behind a stack of books, giving the books the appearance of floating in mid-air.
Attach the sturdy, L-shaped steel Conceal Shelf to the wall with the included mounting hardware.
Place the first book so that the shelf ledge is between the pages and the back cover, using the two hooks underneath to hold the back cover in place.
Stack additional books on top of the first book until the Conceal Shelf is hidden from view. This gives the stack of books a floating appearance.
Available in two sizes, the Large Shelf holds up to 20 pounds of medium to large books; the Small Shelf holds up to 15 pounds of small to medium books.
The Conceal Shelf, designed by Miron Lior, is a winner of the annual Umbra-Pratt Institute Design Competition. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this product are donated to the Pratt Institute School of Design in New York City.
Each year, students of the Pratt Institute's Industrial Design program are invited to submit their designs to a panel of judges, who award the products that best reflect the Umbra design sensibility and incorporate originality, wit and manufacture-ability.
Winning designs are considered for manufacture and distribution by Umbra. If the design is put into production, the student and the Pratt Institute receive a portion of the proceeds from the product's sales.
“Design is at the center of our business at Umbra. We rely on bright new designers to fuel our creative growth. We are honored to be able to work with distinguished design schools like Pratt and talented new design graduates.” -- Paul Rowan, Co-Founder, Umbra
Top Customer Reviews
I put a few up in my small living room next to my TV and a IKEA wall-shelf. It looks great and it does hold up a lot. But how much does it hold up? That also depends on your books.
One tip: To know when to stop piling more books on, use your hand and push down from the top a little bit. If it starts to shake and feels quite heavy, it is time to stop and leave it at that.
* It can really dress up a drab wall. Much more eye catching that just a bookshelf or photo.
* It's easy to install. Just need 3 screws.
* You have to be choosey with the type of books used. The ones I planned to use were too deep and too heavy. The whole thing sagged. The pictures on the Umbra site show some with a whole stack of books. I wasn't able to get more than a couple of hardcover books on it, without the sagging occurring. Wish they had used slightly thicker gauge metal. For the price charged, they could afford it.
* The single version has 2 mounting holes one above another, so it offers more support. In this double version, it has 3 holes, just slightly above the shelf, in a horizontal row. This might limit the weight bearing capacity.
* The bottom support book only provides support if other books provide weight on the wall side. It also assumes the very small support "hooks" stay engaged on the book cover. If a guest decides to pull a book down to look at it, it is very likely the whole stack will come tumbling down. This should be considered a decorative solution, not a way to store books you will frequently use. Be ready to yell "don't touch those" if you seem someone reaching for them. I would not put anything breakable below these.
Despite some gripes I really like these and they look great on the wall. I think there are some things they could do to improve them, but overall I'm satisfied. I'm recommending them.
Definitely worth getting and I'm ordering more right now. I love them and they are original, something different to decorate with. I have one set up as my Library book shelf. LOVE IT!
Installation was extremely easy -- just screw the shelf into any wall normal wall (e.g., drywall, paneling). No anchors are needed. I was a bit skeptical at first and expected for the books to fall or the shelf to bend, but no accidents after over a week. All in all, these shelves work well and are an interesting way to display your books. I just think that they should be a bit less expensive, as they're basically metal brackets; hence the four stars.
I bought two of these large ones, 3 of the small ones, and 5 of the double-wide ones.
I made corner shelves with one of the 'single' ones and one of the '2 wide' shelves (See my customer images). For these, I used toggle bolts that are rated for something like 200lbs. (I use them for everything that I'm putting up not into a stud. You can get them on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Toggler-Toggle-FF-B-588-D-Specifications-Threads/dp/B0051IAQN2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1362412360&sr=8-4&keywords=snap+toggle) The holes were slightly too small for the standard sized bolts I was using, so I just drilled them out a mm or two bigger. Not a hard fix, just a bit irritating when I realized it on the first one when I was on the ladder. The small one also had this problem. One convenient thing is that the anchor holes on the large one and the small one are in the same spot. If you find you need a different size, you can always replace it.
This large one won't work with a regular-sized hard back book, (ie Harry Potter hard back sized). I have a bajillion books, so finding one that worked wasn't hard, but it can't be just any hard back book. The smaller sized ones can deal with a regular sized hard back book or even a 'book club' sized hard back. It just makes the shelf smaller. I wish the smaller size was made with the same thickness of metal as the larger size. I think it would help with any sagging issues. That being said, I adjusted the books I had on each shelf until they were the right heaviness - I couldn't put all high quality/heavy paper/academic books on one shelf and all trade paperbacks on another - I mixed them up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh my gosh these shelves float! you can;t see them and everyone is always amazed. I get questions all the time from my friends about how my books are just floating. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maranda Bell
Very cool, got these items fast and they are easy to put on the wall.Published 10 days ago by Sarah Schaad
Perfect for making a nice theme display of related books. Easy to install and a very cool effect to see the books just stacked on the wall with no visual means of support. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ernest Saxton
Great floating shelves. I have it in my bedroom and have the small and large interchangeably stacked on a vertical line. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Athena
These hold a lot. I am currently using them to store my physical cds (yes ppl still do buy them :P).Published 22 days ago by Amanda