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Tephra Wall Shelf/Mirror

by Alan Flannery Furniture Design



The removal of material, layer by layer, little by little over time allows the shelf's shape to form a singular, flowing and smooth structure.

Tephra pieces are created from layers of Ash which are shaped and sculpted into a fluid, organic form. The layers of ash are representative of their volcanic namesake, laid down repeatedly during recurrent eruptions. As time passes these layers are broken down, eroded and reshaped by nature’s elements. Slowly the shape evolves, becomes more rounded and in some instances undermined to such a degree that its appearance becomes balance defying.

These series of pieces are created by using a block lamination process which entails glueing squared blocks of wood together, layering them up into a pixilated shape. The blocks are joined together by rectangular wooden splines. The structure is then carved back through many of the layers until the desired shape is created. It is then smoothed and sanded by hand before the finish is applied. Carving through layers in such a fashion distorts the appearance of the blocks, splines and grain patterns meaning that each piece has its own unique aesthetic and personality.

The Tephra wall shelf is created as a mirror image of its matching console table although creates an equally impressive statement on its own as a stand-alone piece. It is fixed to the wall by invisible fixing built into its rear face and can be removed easily if required for room redecoration etc. It is available to order in a left-hand (as shown) or right-hand orientation. This piece is also available in mirror format where the mirrored glass sits along the wall at the rear of the frame.

H60cm W135cm D20cm, Ash

This product is made to order with a typical lead time of 6-8 weeks.


Left-hand, Right-hand


With Mirror Glass, No Mirror


Ash, Glass, Wood

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Alan Flannery Furniture Design

Furniture Designer

We are an independent creative practice designing and creating fine furniture to inhabit great spaces. We consider our products to be special and strive to ensure they are so by taking the utmost care in their design and production. Each edition is limited to a quantity of fifty so that we ensure we are ever changing, ever learning and ever improving.

Alongside our ever expanding range of products we also create one of a kind, bespoke pieces, specifically tailored to the needs of a client. We take great pride and enjoyment in creating these custom pieces to fit a brief, space or personality.

We take inspiration from many places, some of which are quite varied. Inspiration often comes from organic shapes and natural processes that surround us in the natural world. For example, the Tephra range of furniture is inspired by the volcanic activity and the way that volcanic material is laid down forming landscapes and then subsequently evolving through the process of erosion. This gives the pieces a fluid and dynamic form. Other pieces in our collection such as the retrospect range take inspiration from mid-century modern furniture and the designers that created these pieces. The retrospect range looks back fondly at what we consider a golden age of furniture design.

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