Adapted to a Nomadic Lifestyle: Peliships Floating Shelves

Question: When is a shelf not a shelf? Answer: When it is a floating shelf. Traditionally shelves have been long evenly spaced one above the other affairs, and used to store books, CDs, DVDs, and the like. But in recent years people have realised that to fill a wall with symmetrical layers of shelves is, well a bit dull and conventional. Increasingly people are turning to what are known as floating shelves. They are smaller shelves that can be placed in an almost random pattern across a wall, with no visible brackets to hold them up. Enter Peliships.
The American studio David Hsu Design, in collaboration with Elkamii, designed the Peliships floating shelves in an effort to challenge convention and rethink what modern shelving should be. Part of the idea behind Peliships is that as we have access to more and more information at our fingertips (via PCs lap-tops, iPads and mobiles) there is less and less reason to have racks and shelving devoted to books, and reference material. So what we might want to do with as wall is have some scattered small shelves across it, housing things that are important to us. In other words, we display things that we treasure, that are significant to our personalities and/or our past. It could be photos, objects (such as ceramics) that were acquired at particular places, but that have meaning.
So why the odd name Peliships? Deconstruct the word: Pelicans and Ships. Yes that was the inspiration for the shape of the shelves, the bows of boats and the beaks of Pelicans. Currently available in a couple of great hard woods; Maple and Walnut, one can mix and match small, medium or large Peliships, “sailing” in either direction. Others who have acquired and fixed Peliships have said that a wall of Peliships look like a flock of pelicans carrying precious memories across the years. I like that analogy!
Each Peliship is unique and can come with felt glued to the shelf to house ceramics such as those produced by Elkamii. Each Peliship shelf is handmade in New York and Kentucky. The designs are quite minimalist, but that doesn’t mean that the design isn’t completely eye-catching if not captivating.
Who is David Hsu, the designer of Peliships? David Hsu was born in Taiwan, raised in New Zealand, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University in New York. While working in the field of IT for photographers and designers, he developed a desire to make a more meaningful impact on the world. He returned to school in 2010 and received a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute.
As always the best designs are also the simplest.. the ones where you cry “why didn’t I think of that?” I could have sat down with pen and paper and not had the inspiration to match a pelican with a boat’s prow for the rest of my life. But Hsu has done that and we can all be thankful he did because we now have open to us the opportunity to decorate our walls with original natural wood floating shelves adorned with that which is important to us!