Saturday, 22 December 2012

Voronoi bookshelf - Kickstarter project

An interactive web application for designing one-of-a-kind shelves based on the Voronoi algorithm. Voronoi

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Book Shelf



The intention of The Book Shelf design is to bring to life an everyday object well-liked by everyone in form of a new practical design that symbolises something greater than the object itself. Playing with the roles of form and function and an element of surprise, the super-sized book creates a library of stories, adventures, knowledge and fairytales. It represents a door into your own imagination and creativity, reproducing the feeling of immersion in itself. The book as a book shelf offers a blank canvas to be filled with stories and knowldege, encouraging your mind to break free of the everyday. It is ‚just’ a book shelf but it creates a focal point by standing out as a centerpiece in its own right without need for further decoration. While the design is simple and modern to fit into any contemporary or minimalistic home or commercial interior, it brings along a sense of romanticism and cosiness.
Aline Dürr

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Libra

A wine and bookshelf designed following re-use philosopy. All materials are re-used and re-designed with high level finishing. LIBRA is made of cellulose tubes, recycled wood and iron water–pipes. LIBRA can be used as bookshelf, as bottle-shelf, as cloth-shelf in shops, it can be used horizontally or vertically, it can be customized with different colors, or left nature, kraft paper colored. All materials are 100% recycled and re-used. Made in Italy. LIBRA Nature price: € 3700,00 LIBRA Color price: € 3900,00 Dimensions: mm 2120 x 1120 x 400
capolinea design

Monday, 10 December 2012

Urban shelf

Bound to be a hit with homegrown and transplanted big city hipsters (whether they live in vintage or contemporary spaces), this clever design holds books, modern 'zines, plants, supplies and artwork on all three landings. Ships in two pieces, easy to assemble. Wall mounted. Made of sturdy epoxy-coated steel.
chiasso

Friday, 7 December 2012

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Secret History of Second-Hand Books


An exhibition by freelance writer Wayne Gooderham Back at The Café at Foyles, First Floor, Charing Cross Road, London. To 13th December.

After years of buying second-hand books, writer Wayne Gooderham began to notice he was accidentally accumulating an intriguing sub-collection: second-hand books inscribed with personal messages. Ranging from the awkward scratchings of adolescent infatuation to the resentful recriminations of love affairs gone awry, each and every scribble and scrawl told a different story. Now Wayne has selected the very best examples from his collection and will be displaying these in a special exhibition in the Café at Foyles - a must for bibliophiles, book lovers and anyone who appreciates the magic of the physical book. Please note that due to the arrangement of the Café, viewing of the artwork may be restricted.
Foyles and Book Dedications

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Lean

'Lean' bookshelf lets you arrange the books neatly because the bottom tilts to both sides. 'Lean' has bilateral symmetry and you can pile units easily. Four units consist of four black colours and you can create different mood according to arrangement. Material / Birch Wood(Finland) Size / 1800(H) x 1200(W) x 300(D) monocomplex

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Boekenwurm

Boekenwurm is het sculpturale antwoord op een opdracht om een organische boekenkast te ontwerpen en produceren. De kast biedt door de gebogen vorm ook een plek om te zitten en relaxen. De zelfdragende vorm bestaat uit drie, op locatie gemonteerde, delen en blijft in balans door een rvs poot in de zijwand. De gebogen vorm is gemaakt door dunne lagen MDF en buigplex te buigen langs op maat gemaakte mallen. De buitenwanden zijn in kleur gespoten, de binnenzijde in fris wit. Een lamp hangend aan de bovenzijde van de wurm zorgt voor de leesverlichting. Boekenwurm wordt op aanvraag geproduceerd. De buitenzijde van de kast is in verschillende kleuren verkrijgbaar.
Atelier 010

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Inner shelf

Roosje de Groot is fascinated by Padauk, an African wood that is bright orange-red when freshly sawn. Under the influence of the sun it changes into a dark brown over time. Inner Shelf plays with this phenomenon. Upon opening the shelf shows this intense colour, but soon it shows the signs of use. While noncovered parts change colour, objects that stay put on the shelf leave an orange 'print'. If you want to keep the original colour, just leave it closed to keep the sunlight off. This way a shelf on the wall becomes an emotional object to be cherished.
Roosje de Groot

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Free & Captive Bookcase

A bookrack design which reflects the ideas of "freefeeling", "living the things in a spontaneous way-not in same order which is familiar"
Hazan Kara

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Bookshelf book reviewed in Chicago Tribune

"Bookshelf" is less about the peeping-Tom qualities of a good bookshelf book than unmitigated jealousy. It is by a British author who, his bio says, "runs the Shedworking website for homeowners with garden offices," a remarkable job that certainly warrants a book on the art of garden offices, whatever those might be. Instead Johnson stays true to "Bookshelf." It is 268 pages of inventive shelving. You will want to buy most of these — the Pac-Man shelf, the hollow arrow with room for one title — but most will require many frequent flier miles to purchase.
Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

Even in Nook and iPad age, home libraries still in demand

In the age of the iPad, has the home library become a quaint relic of the past, more often encountered in a novel than in real life? Not according to a number of architects interviewed for this article. Although their clients read e-books on Kindles and Nooks and iPads, they still own substantial numbers of books. When they can afford it, a special place in the house for a bona fide library is not an unusual request. If the budget does not stretch that far, homeowners still want bookcases incorporated into their living spaces.
Katherine Salant, Herald Tribune

Monday, 19 November 2012

Verso

This ladder like shelf is the perfect place to keep your favorite books and magazines looking great in your home or at the office. Behind Verso is the designer Mikko Halonen from Finland. Verso was the winning piece in a competition together with a local publishing company with the brief to find a modern design for a series of classic books that was released in pocket format.
one nordic

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Out of Touch: E-reading isn’t reading.

Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies. Reading is an integral part of our lived experience, our sense of being in the world, even if at times this can mean feeling intensely apart from it. How we hold our reading materials, how we look at them, navigate them, take notes on them, share them, play with them, even where we read them—these are the categories that have mattered most to us as readers throughout the long and varied history of reading. They will no doubt continue to do so into the future. Andrew Piper, Slate

Friday, 16 November 2012

Edible books

This board is meant to be deliciously literary. Pass the forks.
Tattered cover

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Ramirez


Un librero que funciona como cualquier otro, con la gracia de que se puede usar como divisor de espacios por su ligereza y doble vista. Está fabricado en madera de Nogal certificada con ISO 14,000. Acabado con cera natural de abeja libre de químicos dañinos y 100% mexicana. Medidas: 230cm frente x 35cm ancho x 138 cm de altura.
mob

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Symmetry

Each shelf is tilting in opposing directions as though they are trying to separate, in turn, creating a mirror image, thus symmetry... The shelves are built of hardwood ply and feature solid oak and oak ply shelves/tops. Finished in flat black enamel with stained red oak shelves and tops. Then, hand waxed to seal/preserve the finish. Dims: 48"H x 39.5"W x 10" D
Woodcurve

Friday, 9 November 2012

Shabby Chic Bookshelf Necklace


A perfect gift for the book-lover in your life! I make these necklaces from wood and polymer clay. You can even see the white pages of the books from the top. I make them with love and detail!
My Shabby Chic Bookshelf Necklace is roughly painted cream colour, with brown white and pink books. It stands 1.5 inches tall, and is varnished for strength and durability. It is strung on an 18" bronze chain (silver plated, platinum plated, and gold plated findings are available - please request at purchase!). It also has a cream coloured bow secured to the side of the chain.
Coryographies

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Connect


Connect is equipped with a space on each arm to have the books on hand and with its flat base armrest you can work comfortably.
Joan Rojeski

Monday, 5 November 2012

Where there's books there's brass

"I hate to break it to you," I say, using my gentle voice, "but the age of the printed book is over. People don't read, and those who do use screens. Screens. They're like fast zoetropes."
"But that's precisely it!" he says exultantly. "Production of paper books will cease. Those that remain will become sought-after items. Think of all the rubbish that has become valuable, even in our own lifetimes. Cigarette cards! Rotary phones! NatWest pig piggy banks! If you'd just kept your blue Leeds building society coin saver tube, we could have retired to Buenos Aires by now. We are sitting on a potential goldmine."
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Local Library


A library for those who can't or don't have the ability to read, since the surface, the texture, and color of every single block of wood tells a dramatic story of time and place, worthy of a novel. The colors will also deepen or lighten with age, an organic process depending on light and climate conditions. What you see today is most certainly not what you will get in the future. The process and beauty of aging will come to the foreground as history will continue to narrate these works.

A note on Titles: Each piece carries the name of an author or literary character. This titling convention is a nod to the artist's upbringing in Sweden and the ubiquitous IKEA book shelf 'Billy'. In contrast to this mass-produced bookcase the works here are unique and ring with associations to their individual names: UMBERTO (Eco - Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist). UGO (Volli - Italian semiotician who published in Eco's Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici). ASTRID (Lindgren - Swedish children's book author). ERICH (Kaestner - German children's book author) EMIL (of Kaestner's stories) & IDA (of Lindgren's stories).
Aleksandra Mir

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Rivolta

Rivolta is a transformable bench and library designed for open spaces like waiting rooms or libraries. The materials i used are wood and a special treated foam cutted out with a cnc machine. By moving the foam parts you can create new sitting or lying positions. Raphael Di Biase

Monday, 22 October 2012

As publishing declines, bookshelves evolve

"There’s been no shortage of coverage and worry about how publishing industry sturm und drang is affecting readers, authors and publishers. But what about bookshelves -- how does the decline of the physical book and rise of e-readers affect how bookcases are made, marketed and used in our homes?"
Marketplace

Friday, 19 October 2012

Storyboard



An object defined by creating a surface at the height of the knee, at the ideal angle for sitting. Similar to the old style of carrying books with a strap, this object can be host to a personal library. Reclaimed pine beam, paint, nylon strap Photography: Mikey Tnasuttimonkol Model: Haelim Paek
Tim Durfee

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Starbucks Espresso Journey



A pop-up shop dedicated to Starbucks' espresso drinks, in which visitors can learn more about drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and cafe mochas. We designed the space to be like a library, with bookshelves. On the shelves, we positioned books with covers in nine different colors. Each color of book corresponds to a different espresso drink.

Visitors can stroll around the space, freely pulling books off the shelves to read and choose the drink that best suits them. At the counter, visitors can trade the book for an actual espresso drink, but retain the book cover which tells them about the drink they have chosen, to use as a book cover, as they like. The reverse side of the book cover has been punched into a tall or short size tumbler insert, which can be used in a Starbucks Create Your Own Tumbler.

The 'library' invites visitors to choose an espresso drink as they would a book, and verse themselves in espresso drinks as though quietly entering into a fictional world. Books and coffee are both important parts of everyday life, so we created a link between favorite books and favorite coffees. Nendo (Photos by Daici Ano)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bookshelf

There are two distinct inspirational tributaries for the piece – the Dutch cubistic modernism of the Mondrian and Rietveld, and the casework/base relationship in many Chinese and Japanese pieces from the past. The oversized base on which the case work sits refers to this. This is made of steel. The faces to the shelves are covered in steel fascia as well.
Rick Rubin

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Ousama bookshelf

Another design by Dripta Roy to create some fun in the consumer's life. Dripta

Monday, 15 October 2012

Greenbook bookcase

A library to bring the green indoors. White glazed steel and birch plywood. Designed by Luca Pegola.
Nautinox Living

Saturday, 13 October 2012

USA bookshelf

“I thought about doing Britain or Russia but there weren’t so many sections, and the United States has lots of straight-lined divisions—great for holding books.”
Andrei Saltykov in Dwell

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Extended shelf life

Shelves built from old skis, golf clubs and leather belts, and lumber. "If one approaches the project with a modest appreciation for aesthetics and home construction, a shelf can move beyond its lowly Sherpa status"
New York Times

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

LP bookshelf



The idea is to combine recycled hardwood/plastic sheving (LPs). 

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