I've always liked the appearance of architectural drawings with thin white lineweights, so I came with the idea of making one in steel and plastic. In order to set thin 3D lettering on to a piece of steel and have durability, I cut out paths in the steel with a waterjet machine and inset the lettering.
The choice of the weathered steel and polished stainless was to make it look industrial, but sophisticated. The polished surface also created a reflection that made the shelves 'disappear'.
The text and drawings were copied from my personal notes during the course of building it. I wanted to build the entire unit first, then transcribe my notes on to it. It would be self-referential and pay homage to the process -- a perfect fit for a office full of Makers!
Step 1: Cut and pre drill steel for the frame
Step 2: Weld framework and mount
Stacking the pieces together ensured they would be properly aligned, although I did have to use some brute force to fine tune them on the wall.
Step 3: Dry fit shelving
I glued and nailed bottom sections to add strength and thickness, then placed them back on the frame and made sure there was plenty of clearance.