Here's a cool, space-saving idea with plenty of style: a floating media shelf featuring beautifully grained hardwood contrasted with warm copper pipe.
The designer, Matt, says,
My friend...Ali Brislin was in need of a small shelf setup for her Hi-Fi. She’d looked at some vintage cabinets, but nothing was perfect. I’d told her of my idea for a simple copper pipe shelf unit and she was intrigued. Since we have a very similar aesthetic, she trusted me and agreed to accept whatever creation was in my head. I tried to sketch it out, but nothing beats filling a basked full of copper fittings and just going for it. Part of the fun here is playing with a torch. You’ll want to review some how-to videos onsweating copper pipe. It’s pretty easy to do, but seriously an art form when done by an experienced plumber.
A different take on the "Ace Hotel" plumbing pipe and wood look, and all kinds of functional. Get the full how-to at Wood & Faulk: Copper Pipe Hi-Fi Shelf