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Mash Studios' ModSeries, a top-shelf bookcase

September 30, 2011 |  9:32 am

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In thinking about California design that truly embodies the idea of modern living, the Home crew kept returning to the new ModSeries shelving system created by Bernard Brucha, founder of Mash Studios in Venice.

Why? Take a look at this adorable ModSeries video and you'll discover what won us over: a modular system that has a clean, Scandinavian vibe coupled with practical versatility.

Screen shot 2011-09-28 at 10.17.30 AMThe components are shipped flat and assembled at home with one Allen wrench (included), but the construction is solid: The system is based on cubbies made of powder-coated steel uprights and shelves made of wood (shown in pine here but available in other finishes). Each cubby is 24 inches wide, 13.5 inches high and 15.5 inches deep, and it can be configured with doors (plain wood or upholstered), drawers or a drop-down desktop, right.

The units can be built as nightstands, dressers and low media consoles. Construct them as tall towers joined together and you've got a wall unit that appears to float on thin, metal plate legs.

For pricing and delivery time: Mash Studios, (310) 313-4700.

Back panels are removable, as seen in this snippet from a recent L.A. at Home photo shoot.

The idea behind the shoot was to let readers vote on furniture that represents the best in California design today. As you might remember, earlier this month readers voted for their favorites in 11 categories, and we augmented those selections with the ModSeries shelf and some examples of artisans carrying on California craft tradition. 

Pictured above, on top of the shelving unit: a handmade felt elephant made by Venice artist Iris Savir and sold at A + R; glass decanters by Los Angeles artist Joe Cariati. On the shelves below, from left: silver and ebony candlesticks by Danny Adler from Inheritance; a handmade ceramic vase by Adam Silverman of Atwater Pottery at Heath Ceramics; a handmade ceramic vessel by Antoinette Faragallah at Gray Gallery; a glass vase made by Bill Burch and sold at OK; and a printed plywood Sereno rabbit bookend by Wolfum


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Photo credit, top and middle: Mash Studios. Photo credit, bottom: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times