Collage Storage with Ply90 and IKEA

It started like this: I was getting a sandwich at this cute little place and saw a collage wall of boxes they were using as display. I'm not sure if they took existing boxes and put them together or carefully crafted a wonderful random wall, but I filed this image away in my 'someday' file for the right client.

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The second part of the inspiration came during my visit to Maker Faire over the Summer. My sister alerted me to the Ply-90 booth which featured an intriguing piece of hardware (and I confess she said the guy there was really cute, so I beelined over!). Yes indeed...the hardware was excellent and I decided I would find a project which would give me a chance to try it out. Ply-90 makes a streamlined aluminum bracket that allows a simple right angle between two pieces of standard plywood. No screwing, gluing or other carpentry skills are needed.

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Finally, the opportunity to use BOTH ideas presented itself, with a blank wall in need of storage. My first design was fairly straightforward, but the clients (these are the kind I like!) wanted something a bit different and more creative, but not too expensive.

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Since a collage wall with boxes a la the coffee shop would be labor intensive and thus expensive, I designed a hybrid, using IKEA kitchen and Besta cabinets and incorporating the Ply-90 bracket and Plyboo  (eco-friendly bamboo plywood) into the design. It took a bit of juggling, but finally the design was approved, and we were ready to install.

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it always looks easy on paper!

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the finished wall - now I just need to style it...any ideas?