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


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.

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' 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 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


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

Thursday 15 November 2012


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.

Tuesday 13 November 2012


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

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.

Thursday 8 November 2012


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 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?"

Friday 19 October 2012


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

Wednesday 17 October 2012


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

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Once upon a time

An original design furniture inspired by the old books. Materials: wood. Top finishings: walnut wood. Dimensions: w 19.7" x d 35.46" x 59.10" h - w 500 x d 900 x h 1500 mm Fabio Vinella


Can be moved and recomposed without limit to host or to classify books, plants and objects. The bookshelf is composed of two types of modules, they fit together in all directions. Modules can also pile up vertically, giving to user the ability to carry his Bookcase without emptying it. The wheeled platform allows the set to move freely in space.
Mathieu Gabiot

Monday 24 September 2012

Literature versus traffic in Melbourne

A river of books overflowing into the physical pedestrian spaces and installed in the space allocated to cars, stealing precious space to the dense traffic in the area, in a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the public space, offering the citizens, a space (not as big as we would have liked) in which the traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word. luzinterruptus

Friday 21 September 2012

One man's DIY lending library

Hernando Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila, to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading. The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want - even permanently. As Guanlao says: "The only rule is that there are no rules."

Thursday 20 September 2012

Lost in sofa for kids

Will be released as first collection of huzidesign at TENTLONDON. The Lost in sofa for "ADULT" will go on the market later this year.
Daisuke Motogi

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Frames Wall

A wall-mounted cluster of squares and rectangles that provide space for books of various heights. This cabinet is suitable for shallow books, like poetry and literature. The shelves pictured are made from lacquered black MDF, but they can also be made with other woods and in other sizes. Dimensions example H 96 x W 116 x D 18 cm
Gerard de Hoop

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Cross-Ropes bookshelf

‘Cross-Ropes’ is a storage function with an expression mix of a hard and soft, using locally grown natural materials - ash wood and linen rope. One rope is pulled all over the corpus and a tightening mechanism at the bottom of the furniture makes it possible to retighten the ropes over time.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

What does your bookshelf say about you?

Sharing your shelf is sharing yourself – showcasing the building blocks that have crafted your knowledge, personality, and identity. While the internet has long valued the voyeurism in sharing and viewing photos of beautiful books as objects, grand libraries as cathedrals of intellect, and bookshelves as marvels of design, I created as a way to attach individuality and ownership to these previously anonymous assortments of titles. I also don't have enough time to visit everyone's living room, but that doesn't leave me any less curious as to the books there.
Peter Knox, The Guardian

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Aviary (Library for the Birds of Massachusetts)

"I’m very interested in surrounding myself with the stuff that inspires me. I’m an artist who gets a lot from things, and in that way I’m very much a sculptor. I really love the world of stuff. I know a lot of artists who prefer to have very Spartan lives. Their inspiration is very much in their heads. They like clean, white, empty New York kinds of spaces. But I really like the surprising juxtapositions when you put things together on the bookshelf and when you start to collect things."
Mark Dion