Wednesday, 26 April 2017

How to make your bookshelves beautiful

Whether you have few, or many books in your possession, the real trick is to arrange them in a way that is visually appealing as their contents. A tour of the most beautiful and beguiling bookcases to inspire your library-in-the-making.
More at Vogue

Monday, 24 April 2017

Oddly bookshelf

This project started with the idea that household items such as furniture would be able to add energy to many people if they were designed to function in a new structure, beyond the static and tedious vertical and horizontal structure. At first, the position of the ball is variable according to the gradient. But when you put the book on the Oddly, the center of gravity is shifted to the right. And at this time, the ball rolls down to hold the book as a book stopper.
Materials: Brass & Black Walnut Wood
Youngmin Kang

ODDLY from Youngmin Kang on Vimeo.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Franz Kafka Society Center's rotating bookcase

All new partitioning in the building, even when carving out spaces for restrooms and a kitchenette, is created exclusively by book shelves. In one half of the building these bookshelves appear in white (offices) and the other half is filled with black bookshelves (entry hall). Coming from the central corridor one only sees black bookshelves and when coming from the offices one encounters white bookshelves. A 360-degree rotating door between the corridor and the director’s offices, black on one side and white on the other, reverses white to black.
Marcela Steinbachová (Skupina) and Steven Holl Architects 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Borges's Library of Babel in Sketchup

I was thinking about the Borges story The Library of Babel and I got to wondering whether anyone had done any decent renderings of it.
Full story at JWZ  via Boing Boing

Monday, 10 April 2017

Historic Book Odour Wheel: The smell of books

The historic book odour wheel is a new tool that combines the chemical and sensory aspects of the odour experience and can be considered a preliminary piece in an archival method for heritage smells. It has the potential to be used as a diagnostic tool by conservators, informing on the condition of the object through its olfactory profile. In terms of visitor experience and interpretation, the olfactory experience in museums, both as a communication strategy and as an art form, could contribute to improved learning, to a more personal connection to the exhibits and an increased overall enjoyment.
More at Heritage Science Journal,  by Cecilia Bembibre and Matija Strlič
Pictured above, odour wheel of historic book containing general aroma categories, sensory descriptors and chemical information on the smells as sampled (colours are arbitrary)
“Chocolate”, “cocoa’” or “chocolatey” were the most frequent words used to describe the smell of a copy of French writer Bernard Gasset’s 1928 novel Les Chardons du Baragan, followed by “coffee”, “old”, “wood” and “burnt”.
More at The Guardian

Friday, 7 April 2017

Charles Dickens’s reading desk

"Distinct from any podium or lectern, Dickens had this reading desk specially crafted to fit his needs on stage. First among these alterations was Dickens's request that the desk be constructed as an open box, without side walls obstructing the audience’s full view of the speaker. This innovation would have been necessary for one of Dickens’s live readings, as he relied heavily on full-body gestures and movement in order to bring his beloved characters to life."
More at Charles Dickens Museum

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Concave bookcase

This inspired piece by Simon Pengelly is a response to our need for bookcases to house a plethora of items that differ vastly in shape and size. It is produced in two halves and can be used as such or joined as one whole piece. Made with solid oak. Available also in walnut.
Joined and Jointed and Simon Pengelly

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

François-Rupert Carabin erotic walnut bookcase goes on show

An extraordinary erotic bookcase has been lent for display outside Paris for the first time, in an exhibition on French Belle Époque prints at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Designed by François-Rupert Carabin, it is surmounted by three female nudes modelled from prostitutes recruited at Montmartre brothels.
The Art Newspaper

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scandinavian animal mascot shelf bookcase

Size:136cm x 149.5cm x48cm
Material: birch wood composite board
Color: walnut, ash, birc
Weight: 22kg

Monday, 3 April 2017

On the philosophical implications of shelving books

"A system of organization, whatever its parameters, should render case-by-case choices obsolete: A book either is or is not a true-crime thriller, does or does not contain fiction, was or was not written by Agatha Christie. But in practice, every organizational schema is a doomed attempt to blanket chaos with order, and only more so the grander its ambitions. It may be possible to draw a sensible line delineating science from nature, art from design, autobiography from memoir, or war history from American history from Native American history, but to do so is to suggest that any one exists independently from the other. The clear lines bleed and become wobbly."
More at LitHub

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Panoramic portraits of American libraries

American photographer Thomas R Schiff uses a panoramic camera to capture epic pictures of libraries across the US. The Library Book, published by Aperture, features buildings across the country from the earliest institutions to modernist architecture, tracing the evolution of the library as central to American culture. It is accompanied by an exhibition at the Aperture Foundation in New York City until 20 April.

Pictured: George Peabody Library, Baltimore (top), Fredrick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (bottom)

The Guardian

Friday, 24 March 2017

Library shaft climbable bookcase

Located in a converted warehouse in downtown Calgary, the client’s loft had an unused space that was once part of the building’s industrial elevator shaft. Taking advantage of the room’s high ceilings and small footprint, the space was adapted into a climbable library and music studio. The verticality of the room prompted the design of a climbable shelving system that playfully and efficiently uses minimal floor area while providing ample storage and display space. The millwork wall has handholds and foot tabs integrated into the structure to facilitate climbing and make fetching a book fun. 
Studio North

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Help stock donkey-drawn libraries in Somalia

Africa Educational Trust is looking to raise £3,000 to allow them to transport 10,000 books donated by Book Aid to 66 libraries, including Donkey Drawn Libraries, across Somalia.
Lots more details at Playing by the Book

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hoja bookcase

Hoja is a bookcase in poplar plywood that allows you to hold about 40 books in a small space. The product dimensions are 255x225x790 mm​​. The object is assembled without screws or bolts, you'll only need a hammer to fix the joints.
Alessio Rocchi

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Sitting with Jane: Jane Austen book benches

Sitting With Jane is a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen’s connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace, Steventon, and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death. Sitting with Jane is a public art trail made up of 24 ‘BookBenches’ in and around Basingstoke, each uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist with their personal interpretation of a Jane Austen theme. The trail will link together locations – all with free public access. It will be in place between June and September j2017 and will be accompanied by a free to download app and a trail guide. After, the benches will all be auctioned in aid of Ark Cancer Centre Charity,to leave a valuable lasting legacy in the region. Sitting With Jane is part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s celebration of Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire.
Sitting with Jane
Sitting with Jane - Artist Video from Face TV on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Air conditioning library: Shu Xiang

Chinese cultural thinking appreciates the smell of books as an expression of respect for knowledge. It is a harmonic relation between a library and airflow.
Sushant Passi

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ghost libraries

As we continue to fight to save our local public library which turned 80 years old last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifecycle of libraries and how they change over time, and what happens when they’re gone. Among other things, this has led me to visit several “ghost” libraries – buildings originally built as libraries, but which no longer house libraries, either because they’ve been moved to new buildings or simply because the library has been closed and lost entirely to its community. Hunting for these “ghosts” has been meditative and moving. I can’t help but wonder what books were read and borrowed, what lives were changed as a result of these former libraries.
Playing by the Book 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bookshelf House

Stepped bookshelves help to divide and characterise this house just outside of Paris. We designed the interior for a family of five, who were enamoured with the room-length bookshelf at a friend’s house, where they were staying during the remodelling. We made the element a feature of the home, which we called Bookshelf House. As well as providing a place to display books, the beech wood shelves act as stair bannisters room dividers and general storage within the three-storey property. Rather than flat shelves, we designed the bookcases to look like stacked boxes. The largest unit extends from the first floor to the mezzanine, serving as the main bookshelf in the living room as well as a bannister on one side of the stairs. Its stepped top continues on the mezzanine level, where it serves as a storage cabinet. The main shelf is reflected by a large mirror on the opposite side of the living room, making books a dominant feature of the space from almost any angle.
Andrea Mosca

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Home Cafés, China

The Home Café chain incorporates various concept versions to offer spaces to breathe in heavily polluted areas of China. Steel bars are upcycled to become a main interior design feature. The steel bars create a series of cubic frameworks, which can be combined to shelves of different sizes. Boxes of plants, books, and lights on different levels create various densities for the interior.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Flexile bookshelf

Flexile is a flat-pack bookshelf which utilizes polyester textile for personalization. Flexile can be mounted in as many different ways as the user imagines.
Aybars Şenyıldız

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Horizontal bookcase

Bookcase is a bookshelf conceived horizontally, where books can be arrange flat. The wooden structure suggests the simple shape of a tree trunk cut into planks. This superposition principle and this visual effect of « empty and full » changes our perception of the piece depending of our view angle. The furniture is designed as an island for readers which can be placed in the middle of a living room. With its two front sides and the upper plank at seat height, Bookcase combines the function of bookshelf, console and bench.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Medieval shelfies

The appreciation of the aesthetic value of books and bookcases is not just a modern day phenomenon. Medieval manuscripts contain many images which depict books being stored in various styles of bookcases and shelves. Certain physical features of manuscripts themselves can also suggest how books were stored to be both visually attractive and accessible for the reader.
More at Medieval manuscripts blog/The British Library

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ice Library of Wonders

The hopes and dreams of 1,000 people have been carved into massive blocks of ice for a new tourist attraction near the shore of Russia's Lake Baikal, in Siberia. "Last year we announced we would create the Ice Library of Wonders, and asked people to send us their dreams and wishes," local tourism chief and ice librarian Maxim Khvostishkov told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. The first 1,000 suggestions have been etched onto the huge ice blocks, which have been arranged to form a translucent labyrinth that visitors can wander through and browse.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Donald Trump's bookshelf

Monday, 30 January 2017

In Love with Parthenon bookcase

The first of a series of design pieces conceived to recall, through their shapes, the history of architecture starting from the layouts of the most famous buildings. With In Love with Parthenon the three-dimensional development of the temple plant, generates points of support and interlocking for books and magazines, turning architecture into bookcase.
Irene Girelli

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

Chuck bookshelf

Although it seems to be no more than a simple and flat shelf at first glance, Chuck in fact consists of six thin wooden boards which will bend easily according to all objects with their individual weights and sizes stored in it. Each board can be lifted and bent to create space for your personal and favorite objects and books.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Melting bookshelf

This bookshelf employs the ice melting shape in nature. When ice and snow fade away and frozen icicles begin thawing out gradually, the smell of spring is felt. Such scenery is displayed through the bookshelf, with books separated and fixed by hanging “icicles”. It seems that books come out from the descending snow and ice.
Arthur Xin