Cross-Stitched Modular Shelving and Vertical Planter

December 3, 2012 by

Cable tie stitching joins together the modular shelving units for Melbourne designer Alex O’Connell’s Cross-It system.

The 600h x 600w x 200d boards have circular cut-outs to accept flower pots, making it nice for indoor plants (though I would make sure they are adequately drained before placing them so they don’t drip onto anything below that you’d like to keep dry.). If one were to create a grid using only those pieces with the holes, the result could work as a great indoor vertical garden.

Cross-It could be used in any number of configurations as a room divider or against a wall.

Designed to ship flat-packed in a variety of materials ranging from veneered plywood to OSB (Oriented Strand Board), Cross-It is simple to assemble and versatile enough to change its configuration on a whim. I think the design would work nicely fashioned out of sheet metal so it could be used indoors or outdoors–maybe even in different powder-coated colors enabling one to mix and match not only the configuration but the colors too. What do you think?


  1. Kathy HARTZELL said:

    Nice woodworking, fit and scale. You are obviously correct about the dripping issue. Amazing little things, matching saucers for flower pots! This system virtually renders useless the shelf below…and that seems wasteful, especially in space challenged living.

    That said, how cool would it be to have a tall cylinder come up from below, through the shelf, with flowers or twigs, etc sprouting forth! Would require a solid lower panel, or overlay to provide base.

    — December 4, 2012 @ 11:07

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  3. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Yes Kathy, I agree the design needs some tweaking but I like the start!

    — December 7, 2012 @ 15:51

  4. Kiva said:

    Looks good, but the only issue I have with it is that there are vertical holes on some boards but not all. It throws the symmetry off somewhat.

    — December 8, 2012 @ 10:04

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  7. Alex O'Connell said:

    You dont have the dripping issue depending on what orientation you have each shelf rotated in. This shelving unit will be produced next in Corten steel enabling it to be used mainly outdoors.



    — February 13, 2013 @ 01:55

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