Thursday 18 December 2014

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Tom Gauld's colour-coded library

Archive quality giclee prints on 300gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag paper  in editions of 100 signed and numbered copies.  The image size is 16 by 9.5 cm and the paper is 25 by 20cm. £75 each
Tom Gauld

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Novel Living

Lisa Occhipinti presents her ideas for preserving, collecting and displaying intact books and also deconstructing them to make craft projects.
Novel Living

Monday 20 October 2014

The London Magazine

Not technically a bookshelf I know, but this is the first in an occasional series highlighting literary magazines that would suit any shelf. So it seems suitable to start with the oldest of the lot, The London Magazine. It was established in 1732 and has naturally undergone a variety of relaunches - what hasn't changed is the standard of writing - contributors have included Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Evelyn Waugh, TS Eliot and William Boyd. It comes out bimonthly and the current issue includes Harry Mount on 'My London', Edward Lucie-Smith on The Magic Realism of Julio Larraz and Tom Sutcliffe on Digestible Opera. Well worth buying.

Thursday 9 October 2014

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Baa-Baa Bookshelf

Also available in black. 
Dimensions: Width 65cm, Height 38cm, Depth 27cm
Rowen and Wren

Monday 29 September 2014

Printed books loved by teenagers and twentysomethings

The 16-24 generation is still firmly in favour of print books, new research shows, with 73% saying they prefer print over digital or audio formats. Exclusive research conducted by Voxburner for The Bookseller showed that while nearly three-quarters of young people said they prefer the print form, only 27% prefer e-books and 31% said they don’t buy e-books at all. The Bookseller

Monday 15 September 2014

Undergrowth bookshelf

Mosses and lichens are very primitive organisms that grow in damp places, including rocks and trees. They form the lowest layer of forest vegetation and are equipped with chlorophyll giving them a green colour of varying degrees of intensity. alcarol recovered some logs from the undergrowth of the Italian Dolomite mountains and cut planks that preserve the natural edges with their native populations of plants, which are embedded in a resin resembling the water that generated their life. Undergrowth particular: wood, steel rod, moss and resin. This bookshelf is a self-supporting structure looking for utmost essentiality, giving the sections of the mossy log the effect of being suspended in the air.

Thursday 3 July 2014

Book benches

50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. Runs until September.
Books about Town

Monday 30 June 2014


Stockwerk appears to negate its material properties. Due to the cut side walls the solid wood construction becomes a foldable object reminiscent of a compressible paper model. As an alternative to plug and screw connections this shelf needs no assembly and is delivered folded up. The side walls are split, mitred and fixed with piano hinges. The system is fully linked together; the shelves just have to be unfolded. The system is self-stabilizing via the mitre-chamfer on the side wall edges. Despite having fewer and simpler production steps, a complex functional system is possible. The final height of the shelf is customisable, as some compartments can stay closed according to requirements.
Meike Harde

Monday 23 June 2014

Are Little Free Libraries illegal?

A north Leawood man will have to decide whether to remove a Little Free Library he recently installed in his front yard — or face a citation from the city.
More at the Prairie Village Post and Kansas City Star.

Tuesday 17 June 2014


Books hang by a piece of ribbon which also acts as a bookmark. Supports up to 60 volumes.
Momu Design


Books hang by a piece of ribbon which also acts as a bookmark. Supports up to 60 volumes.
Momu Design

Monday 19 May 2014

Silent bookshelves

Each bookshelf is made from a sheet of metal to mount on the wall to create a skyline effect with just a dash of color that all but disappears under your books. The shelf features a small roof form that helps you find your books with ease. Available in white, yellow and white+yellow. Designed by Antigone Acconci and Riccardo Bastiani

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Hidden library door

A door hidden within a wall of bookcases at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, owned by the National Trust. It is decorated with real book spines, with tongue in cheek titles that reference events and people from the history of Oxburgh.

Tuesday 6 May 2014


Controvento, with its apparently precarious balance, is a refined dispute between visual instability and actual stability, it is a dizzying challenge to the force of gravity, the expression of a profound aspiration to a transparent, metaphysical lightness.

Tuesday 22 April 2014


By Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay at design studio Raw Edges for Italian brand Lema. The idea behind the design is that many novels, once read are never reread, but passed on to friends, given away or even destroyed. Booken uses these books as an intrinsic part of the support system of the bookshelf (or side table for books). Conversely, favourite books can also be stored in this way with favourite passages marked by one of the 20 oak ‘bookmarks' supplied as part of the shelf. Booken can also be wall hung and comes in two open pore colours allowing the texture of the wood grain to show through the lacquer colour.
Go Modern

Monday 31 March 2014


Inspired by wild deer in the forest. Material: Solid Oak 1070mm x 930mm x 215mm
Be Design

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Serif 4 Shelf

In her Seamless collection, Iraqi-British “starchitect” Zaha Hadid fuses complex curvilinear geometries with detailed ergonomic research, invoking a new design language driven by advances in digital processes and cutting-edge fabrication techniques. Produced in 2009 by UK-based manufacturing brand Established & Sons, this collection includes the dynamic wall-mounted Serif 4 Shelf, offered here in a bespoke white color. This biomorphic design is part of an edition of 12.

Friday 7 March 2014

Spineless Classics

An intriguing alternative way of 'shelving' from Spineless Classics, an entire book in poster format designed around each book's central theme. We've been roadtesting The Hobbit at Bookshelf HQ but there are lots of other examples from The Origin of Species and the Bible to the MGB Haynes Manual and Shakespeare.

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Monday 13 January 2014


Rocky is a credenza featuring an angular and sculptural line. Charles Kalpakian created a 3D variation of a classic pattern used by cabinet makers. He plays with our perception of space and volume with an object that reveals and changes according to the observer’s point of view. La Chance

Thursday 9 January 2014

Bullet-proof bookcase

A Melbourne man who helped destroy thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre has developed a bullet-proof bookcase that he hopes will save lives in the United States. dFENCE and The Age

Monday 6 January 2014


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. Photo: Caren Huygelen
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