This Fall, I was approached by a local artist who needed custom displays to show her work at art and design shows. This is harder than it sounds, because in New York a design show can break out literally anywhere. Construction sites, empty factories, parking lots, baseball diamonds - any random weekend, rain or shine, one might sprout a tidy tent city, crowded with cheerfully brunch-drunk Gothamites. So these displays needed to be designed well enough to complement the work, while being easy-to-move and tough enough to survive muddy parks and baking-hot blacktops.
To reduce the effort of transporting and storing the racks, I came up with a stacking, modular design, which I made out of high-quality baltic-birch plywood. Every part of the display was made out of this plywood, except for the solid maple frame and dowel of the hanging print stand. For the larger racks, wire lanyards both stabilized the assembled piece and kept merchandise from sliding off the shelves on a windy day. The light-colored, minimalist style of the pieces worked very well with my client's highly-detailed work, which you can check out at naykii.com.