Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Ouseburn Bookshelf

Handcrafted from solid wood its geometric design creates plenty of storage space with its discrete pockets of shelf space.

Funky Chunky Furniture Co


Friday, 13 May 2022

Libro bookcase staircase

Libro is a free staircase; a cross between shelving and footstool. Simply placed on the ground like a piece of furniture, away from the wall and on the threshold to the next floor, Libro will take you by surprise. Made of steel and bamboo, the straight or quarter turn Libro staircase is very stable and hardwearing. An elegant handrail can also be added, should you wish. 


Friday, 6 May 2022

Michel de Montaigne's bookshelves in Rooms of Their Own

There are a lot of bookshelves and bookcases in the illustrations by James Oses in my new book Rooms of Their Own about where great writers write/wrote. Here's his interpretation of the circular setup beloved of the iconic 16th century essayist Michel de Montaigne in his tower writing room. We know that around part of the walls were rows of curving bookcases where he kept his personal library of around 1,000 books while on the ceiling above his head where he worked were dozens of motivational quotes.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Trap bookcase

We create "cells, or neurons atoms" equal pieces together, we are able to generate all different "organs, molecules or brains", offering the possibility to create a multitude of possible combinations ("people, materials or thoughts "). To do this, we work on finding new simple geometric shapes that allow a multitude of possible combinations between them.

Kambiam for Homify

Monday, 25 April 2022

Curiosity-Go-Round bookcase


"I asked an architect about the design of a unique bookshelf. I asked him, "I want a bookshelf that can hold all the books I have now. Also, I want to make it a place where I can come up with ideas by myself." That's how this bookshelf was born. A part of the shelf board is extended to become a desk or a table. You can get inside. You can put things other than books. In other words, it's a bookshelf, a desk, a table, a room, and also storage."

Creative Project Base


Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Rooms of Their Own

My new book, Rooms of Their Own is published today. Here is some information about a book I think you'll enjoy plus a few sample images (John Steinbeck's and Virginia Woolf's writing huts) and pages.

Rooms of Their Own travels around the world examining the unique spaces, habits and rituals in which famous writers created their most notable works. 

The perennial question asked of all authors is, 'How do you write?'. What do they require of their room or desk? Do they have favourite pens, paper or typewriters? And have they found the perfect daily routine to channel their creativity? Crossing centuries, continents and genres, Alex Johnson has pooled 50 of the best writers and transports you to the heart of their writing rooms – from attics and studies to billiard rooms and bathtubs.

Discover the ins and outs of how each great writer penned their famous texts, and the routines and habits they perfected. Meet authors who rely on silence and seclusion and those who need people, music and whisky. Meet novelists who travel half-way across the world to a luxury writing retreat, and others who just need an empty shed at the bottom of the garden. Some are particular about pencils, inks, paper and typewriters, and some will scribble on anything – including the furniture. But whether they write in the library or in cars, under trees, private islands, hotel rooms or towers – each of these stories confirms that there is no 'best way' to write.

From James Baldwin, writing in the small hours of the morning in his Paris apartment, to DH Lawrence writing at the foot of a towering Ponderosa pine tree, to the Brontë sisters managing in a crowded co-working space, this book takes us into the lives of some of history's greatest ever writers, with each writing space illustrated in evocative watercolour by James Oses.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022


Oleg is a wooden cubic or spherical container module with many legs. It can change its function changing its position. It can colonize spaces with infinite combinations of modules. The legs allow it to be placed in different ways to create different furnitures.

Andrea Cingoli and Umberto La Sorda for Concepticon Design