Besta #1.powerplant-790203

Published on August 20th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Cabinet for Walter Gropius

Materials: Besta, Varna, Stolmen components

Description: This is the first in a series of sculpture/furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I am making IKEA models of all eight mid-century Modern Gropius buildings that are currently being demolished by the City of Chicago.

This piece is based on the 1953 Power Plant (pix, right).

First, I assembled the base using three Besta cabinet bases. Since they have paper cores, I inserted strips of pine inside the two plys of laminate to fasten them together.

Sides and doors are made of recut Varna doors. Original hinges are used, but new pocket holes needed to be made with a Forstner drill bit.

The top is made of two Varna doors. It is fastened to the cabinet using IKEA cam lock hardware, which again, needed to be redrilled with a 15mm Forstner bit.

A router and circle jig was used to cut smooth holes for the Stolmen poles to go through. The entire cabinet is supported by Stolmen brackets on the underside.

~ Jeff Carter, Chicago

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Cabinet for Walter Gropius

  1. Anonymous says:

    that’s awesome. it looks pretty great against the cement floor, too.

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. wohndesign says:

    Nice Design! I like it!

  4. Elias says:

    Not everybody wants to work in such an ugly place. I’m sure that having fewer of these inhuman brutalist buildings around is actually an improvement.

    Nice job on the furniture nonetheless.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Shame to Chicago! You did a good job. Thank you for the respect to the German Gropius.

  6. xan says:

    You sir, have won. Bt really? Eight Gropii? Quel dommage, Chicago! Quel dommage!

  7. Anonymous says:

    amazing. It’s a shame that they destroy these pieces of art!

  8. Dolores- Portland says:

    Wow!! congrats!! I love how it looks like!!

  9. Bad Words says:

    Incredible, I’d love to see you do a show of these when you’ve finished the set.

  10. Keter says:

    Very nicely done! Shame that Chicago has chosen not to conserve its architectural heritage!

  11. dorkette says:

    Wow. Amazing and professional.

  12. Anonymous says:

    That was very, very creative. Great job! I can’t wait to see what you’ll post next!

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