Thursday, 19 October 2017

Oversized First Edition Artwork

Oversized First Edition Artworks are a novel way to make a big impression on your walls, a nearly 4 ft. impact, to be exact. Authentic book spine designs are precisely captured in every detail, then recreated on gallery-wrapped canvas. Canvases are then carefully mounted in premium, walnut floater frames for an elegant, finished look that enhances the beauty of the work.
Grandin Road

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017


A few years ago, I came across a book called Improbable Libraries by Alex Johnson. And it was here that I learned of the Biblioburro. Under a chapter entitled ‘Animal Libraries’, I learned of primary school teacher Luis Soriano and his two donkeys, carrying books to remote communities in Colombia. I learned of an elephant called Boom-Boom, bringing fairy tales and dinosaur books to children in Laos; camel libraries in Kenya; Donkey Drawn Libraries in Zimbabwe; nomadic writers on reindeer in Mongolia. All over the world, there are passionate people braving deserts, storms and bandits to bring books to children in isolated communities.

My story, "The Wandering Library", was inspired by these heroic champions of literacy and education. It follows the journey of Lani Bashir, a travelling librarian, as she navigates a world transformed by rising seas and genetically modified creatures, visiting communities powered by sun, wind, sea and cheese.
DK Mok at Ticonderoga Publications

Monday, 9 October 2017

Chocolate library

It’s not only national Libraries Week this week, it is also the UK’s national Chocolate Week! So now the challenge was to create said chocolate library. Yes, a whole stack of books made out of chocolate, ready to be eaten. I’ve made a library out of shop-bought chocolates before, but now I wanted to up my game.
Zoe Toft at Playing by the book

Thursday, 5 October 2017

My Miniature Library

My Miniature Library is a kit to make a complete collection of tiny books that you can really read! With stories ranging from illustrated fairytales to well-loved nonsense rhymes and books of butterflies, birds and flowers, plus blank books for you to complete yourself, you'll have everything you need to make a little library of beautifully illustrated books. The books are simple to make – just cut, fold, and glue. The kit comes with a miniature bookshelf to press out and make, and easy-to-follow, fully illustrated instructions. Plus the box transforms into a beautiful library scene.
Laurence King

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Archico bookcase

I have always delighted in the monumentality of the past architecture and simplicity of the new, their grace and lightness. So it was decided to find the main and unchanging element in architecture and apply it in design. Projecting, I represented a bright interior, where you could feel the elegance and ease. But the final form of the model and meaningfulness of its content I received during a trip to sunny Italy, with her rich architectural past and greatness. So the arch construction, which was found in every monumental construction and building, was used in the new collection.

Friday, 22 September 2017

London's smallest library at London Design Festival

MINI UK presents the MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN: a communal modular-structure on the Southbank, in partnership with Sam Jacob Studio. MINI launches London's smallest library at London Design Festival. Book lovers will be able to swap well-thumbed favourites for one of the London-themed books at the MINI LIVING - URBAN CABIN, a 15 sqm micro-house, from 20th-24th September.
Architect Sam Jacob pays homage to the British library within the Urban Cabin by installing its very own microlibrary. A response to a decline in the usage of UK libraries, Jacob explains, “London is a city of books before it is a city of architecture. We created this library as an extension to domestic space that contains a certain spirit of the city. Recalling the grand libraries as well as the book-lined studies of domestic life.” The micro-library is filled with a diverse selection of books that describe ways of living in London. A quiet space to enjoy reading, share stories or book recommendations, it creates a perfect contrast to the lively atmosphere of the kitchen.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Rebuilding Mogadishu with books

Monday, 11 September 2017


The form of a house which will house books and objects recommended by the homeowners taking part in the The Green Door Festival of Rural Architecture & Design. Made from CNC cut Birch Plywood the 4 metre high structure will comprise multiple display shelves.

Thinking Living Dwelling Exhibition Saturday 26th August - Saturday 14th October 2017
Leo Scarff

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Book Reader Bedding Set

  • Bedding set comes with one duvet cover and two pillowcases.
  • Comforter, bed sheet and pillow inserts are not included.
  • Features a single-sided full color print on luxurious brushed polyester fabric.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

WOUPS Invisible shelf

Original, WOUPS gives the illusion that your books are levitated against the wall, hanging in the air like magic! Very decorative, this shelf offers a superb mixture of ash wood and perforated lacquered metal. Very practical, the metal part can be mounted on the left or on the right side which makes it possible to use it as a bedside table on both sides of a bed.
SWAB Design

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Last Bookstore: Annex flexspace concept

Because the book world of adventure, knowledge and science is not black and white, we have created a photo print of a huge colorful bookcase for the middle part: it covers both the floor, wall and ceiling and is the only color accent in space.

Friday, 4 August 2017

The 100-year stair at Paju Book City

The 100-year stair forms the main fa├žade of the Rainbow Publishing House building. A bookshelf rises over four stories, with one shelf for each of the years of the twentieth century. The main stair wraps around the bookshelf and tall glazing gives views over all of Paju Book City. As Rainbow publishes small print run biographies of the people who lived through Korea’s rebuilding, the books will be placed on the shelves corresponding to the year in which each person was born. 
Photos: kyungsub shinDesign: DaeWha Kang
This project will feature in my new book, Book Towns, published in spring 2018.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Flybraries: easyJet's new book club

easyJet has launched a new initiative ‘Flybraries’ (flying libraries) following new research that suggests that the number of children reading for pleasure is at an all-time low. Seven thousand copies of children’s classics including Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Wizard Of Oz, and The Railway Children will be made available on easyJet’s fleet. Kids can start reading them on the flight and then when they land download free samples of other classics to try from Children will leave the books on board for the next passenger to enjoy.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Bookshelf shelfie craze

Bookshelves are making a comeback in living rooms as a "shelfie" interior design craze is sweeping the UK... Experts said consumers' growing tendency to invest in physical books was partly down to a trend for bookshelves, which they believe make them look more interesting to dinner party guests and on social media.
The Telegraph
Image: The British Library

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Book chair

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Painted steel with solid italian (35mm) chestnut base
FINISH Painted steel, wood (italian chestnut)
DIMENSIONS base 35 cm x 35 cm, height 70 cm
COLORS Steel: white glossy, grey glossy. Base: solid italian chestnut with wax finish

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

My bookshelf says who I am – and a Kindle cannot do that

The biggest question for every bibliophile when they move in with a loved one is: do we merge collections? Mrs Dalloway believed that love and religion would destroy the privacy of the soul; she’d agree with me that merging collections threatens the same. But perhaps those taking shelfies are right and books are soul music, made for sharing on gloriously open shelves.
Patrick Barkham in The Guardian

Monday, 17 July 2017

LINK Regalsystem bookshelf

Das LINK Regalsystem besticht durch seine Einfachheit und Funktionalit├Ąt. Auf das Wesentliche reduziert erlauben die frei arrangierbaren Vollholz-Regalbretter und H├Ąngevorrichtungen aus Stahl flexible und individuelle Konstruktionen.

Jörg Final 29.02.2016 (Assemble korr.)_HD from Jörg Höltje on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Nautilus bookshelf

The body of this piece is loosely derived from the image of a boat on water and is designed to remind the viewer that books (and education in general) can be a form of transportation.
Plywood, reclaimed wood, wood, fasteners & hardware, plexiglass, paint, ink, dye, lacquer, wax with two ink on paper drawings framed in wood by the artist.
64 x 120 x 24 inches
Katie Hudnall for The Public Collection a public art and literacy project consisting of artist-designed book share stations, developed to increase access to books and art.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Read Manchester BookBench exhibition

This summer, 58 book-shaped benches are on display across Manchester for you to enjoy (above, Elmer the Elephant by St Luke's CE Primary School, Longsight). The BookBenches have been designed by local children and community groups, who were inspired by books and reading. To celebrate the exhibition, there are lots of events taking place over the summer at the venues where the BookBenches are on display. You can also follow a trail between the BookBenches and children can complete fun activities along the way.  In partnership with Wild in Art, the BookBench project is part of the Read Manchester campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust. The campaign promotes reading across the city to boost literacy levels.
National Literacy Trust

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Drawing his inspiration from the relationship between architectural space and the human body, the Japanese architect styled a compact, essential bookcase from which you can extract a chair. A veritable object within the object, which underscores the relationship between people and books: after choosing a book, the reader can take the chair and sit down to read it. Bookchair is available in one colour only – white – in order to underline the abstractness of the product and the strong ties between the content and the container, between the container and the user.
Sou Fujimoto for Alias

Monday, 26 June 2017

Impossible bookshelf

I decided to make a bookshelf in which books fanned out like the voussoirs (the wedge-shaped stones) that make up a stone arch...There were a couple of problems that had to be overcome. Books are not wedge-shaped, so they will not fan out neatly into an arch like voussoirs do without some help. And I needed to find a way to stop all the books in the middle of the shelf from sliding down to the sides if someone took a book out from one of the ends. I realised I could solve both problems but fixing angled bookends at regular intervals along the shelf. However, rather than spoil the impression that the arch was entirely made from books, I disguised the bookends to look like dummy books.
Jonathan Emmett

Friday, 16 June 2017

Starfield Library

Shinsegae Property has officially opened the large-scale library in Starfield Coex Mall, featuring some 50,000 books placed on towering two-story bookshelves. The 2,800 square meter-sized library is located at the center of the underground shopping mall. Shoppers can freely browse, read and search for books of their choice on kiosks stationed at various points inside the open library area.
Korea Herald

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Unearthed book installation

As part of the Shubbak Festival of Arab Culture, the Great Court will be filled by Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj with hundreds of old hardback book covers placed side by side to cover 60 square meters of floor. Some covers are painted with blocks of colour, many others have a black line across them, echoing the Syrian tradition of placing black ribbons over the photographs of the recently deceased. These covers evoke memories of lost knowledge and lives. Watch the artist create the installation over a matter of hours.
Sunday 2 July, 10am–5.30pm. Free.
British Museum 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Subway library train

For the next six weeks, any member of the public in New York can head to or download the New York Public Library's reader app, SimplyE, to have unlimited access to a wide selection of NYPL-provided e-books. The initiative also aims to promote the free Wi-Fi service at each of the subway's underground stations, which rolled out late last year. When users log onto the service, a link to the Subway Library website will appear, encouraging you to read a book instead of your Facebook feed.

Library Train is designed to look like the iconic Rose Reading Room with the seats and walls on each car made to resemble bookshelves (and a fauxGilded Age ceiling to boot). The train is scheduled to run on the E and F lines between Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

TimeOut  and New York Public Library

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Parthenon of Books

The Parthenon of Books is the main showpiece at this year’s Documenta, the cult contemporary art show held once every five years in the university town of Kassel. The work by Argentine artist Marta Minujin is a plea against all forms of censorship. Minujin, 74, a pop art icon in South America, has described it as “the most political” of her works. In fact, the Parthenon of Books stands at the same site where, in 1933, Nazis set in flames books by Jewish or Marxist writers.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Whale Vilma bookase

A bookcase for children that can be used as a place to take a seat.
Villo Design

Monday, 5 June 2017

British Heart Foundation 'bookcase': Wear it, beat it

Rachel McCaulery, who had a heart infection last year, is painted red by make-up artist Carolyn Roper to blend into the Royal Society of Medicine Library for the launch of the British Heart Foundation's 'Wear it, beat it' campaign.
i News

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Chocolate library

There’s a mixture of favourite classics and beautiful vintage books, along with whole bays dedicated to books shortlisted for prizes this year...They may have chocolate inside, but on the outside they have blurbs and barcodes, just like real books.
More details and how to make your own at Playing by the book

Friday, 19 May 2017

Bookselling in the 21st century: When your store is a photo op

The more that the book is venerated as a physical item, something that, unlike a screen, people want to hold and even smell, the more the bookstore turns into a temple. The physical space where books are kept, and where booksellers friendly and grumpy alike can provide guidance in the world of books, becomes more important.
More by Katie Orphan at Literary Hub

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Double J bookcase and lamp

A bookcase and floor lamp. The weight of the books helps the lamp to bend in a manner so accentuated to support the LED panel placed at the end.