Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Revolving Bookcase 'Ariel'

This luxurious revolving bookcase in black walnut is softly nostalgic with a smooth modern revolving mechanism with apertures sized for modern paperbacks. Two sides of the cabinet have shelves extending along its full length to display the book spines whilst the two other sides have apertures to display the book covers. The cabinet rotates on a turntable mechanism which is attached to a solid walnut base. Ariel, a biography of Percy Shelley by Andre Maurois was one of ten titles chosen for the launch of Penguin paperbacks in 1935. The name Ariel apparently comes from the boat which Shelley designed and which was sank off the coast of Italy, leading to his death. Dimensions: 45cm x 45cm x 65c.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Chopped tree bookshelf

Small bookshelf interpreting the moment when the tree trunk is cut and falls to the ground, transforms a structure that initially looks stiff and essential, in a flexible, mobile and lively piece of furniture composed of four elements that can be stacked and fixed to each others, or used individually.

Lenka Czereova


 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Charles I's travelling library


Like a 17th century version of a Kindle. Two red leather cases, designed in the 1970s by Sangorski and Sutcliffe to look like two large books, open up to reveal 59 small volumes covering just about everything that a wealthy educated gentleman would want to read on his travels. Charles I's travelling library was acquired through a bequest. The collection of tiny books have gold-tooled bindings and some are believed to have been signed by the Prince himself. Titles include classical texts by the poet Ovid and the philosopher Cicero as well as bibles and religious books such as De Imitatione Christi by Thomas A Kempis. 

British Library


 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Shelf Isolation

Shelf Isolation is one of Phil Shaw's distinctive bookshelf works, in which he arranges a series of genuine book-titles in an artfully-constructed digital bookcase, so that when you read them in order, from left to right, they spell out an unexpected narrative and a much needed message of hope.

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery


Friday, 19 February 2021

Travelling library - Diamond British Poets

[TRAVELLING LIBRARY]. Diamond British Poets. -Diamond Classics. London: Jones & Co., 1823-1831.
50 volumes, 16o (88 x 52 mm). Engraved title pages. Engraved frontispiece portraits of the authors. Volumes bound in various shades of straight-grained patterned silk, blue morocco lettering pieces (some minor rubbing to a few volumes, a few spines lightly faded); original morocco-covered wood folding case with pediment shape at top when opened and with four internal compartments and two glass-fronted doors (some chipping to morocco, wood panels on back of case slightly loose).

Christies


Thursday, 18 February 2021

Lucy Throckmorton's Travelling Library




 

Lady Throckmorton's travelling library. 6 volumes in contemporary case (case is book-shaped). 1637-42. 

National Trust

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Rory Gallagher's Fender Stratocaster guitar and bookshelf poster

Rory Gallagher's Fender Stratocaster in front of his favourite crime novels including those by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

Rory Gallagher backstreet merch


Thursday, 28 January 2021

Virtual meetings spur sales in books for backgrounds

A company that supplies books for TV and film sets says it has seen a rise in sales for home offices during lockdown. More at BBC

Image: Writing room at Sissinghurst, Kent, one of the free downloadable background images for Zoom calls and virtual meetings provided by the National Trust


Thursday, 14 January 2021

Geoff the Giraffe bookcase

This fantastic animal-inspired bookcase is sure to transform your child’s room into their own personal safari park! Also available: Leon the Lion, Zoe the Zebra, and Una the Unicorn.

Red Candy


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Flow bookcase

The Flow bookcase was born as a stylistic exercise with the desire to create an object with an "extreme shape", that is a product whose appearance seems to compromise its stability. The sketch of a sinuous serpentine line therefore takes on three-dimensionality, remains light but gradually adds elements that allow its realisation and good functionality.