Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins

Top tin titles include 'History of Reading' 'Modern Reading' 'Biscuits' and  'Cakes'. Bottom tin titles are by Sir Walter Scott.

Reading Museum

Monday, 26 July 2021

Library staircase

Unique steel staircase with integral library, design proposal for a private client, London, UK.

Design & Weld

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Monday, 28 June 2021

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Alternate tread stair bookcase

"Two custom designed loft beds carefully integrated into the bedrooms of an apartment in a converted industrial building.  The alternate tread stair was designed to be a perfect union of functionality, structure and form.  With regard to functionality, the stair is comfortable, safe to climb, and spatially efficient."

nC2 Architecture

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Grille bookcase

I got inspiration from the ancient Chinese grille and designed this bookcase by the form of a grid. The motivation for our design is that this is a free-form bookcase. Too neat a grid is not free. So, we rotate one part of the small box by 45 degrees. This not only fits our design motivation, but also allows users to combine patterns according to their own preferences. Length 124cm x Width 32 cm x Height 186cm

Wei Huang/Bruce Tao


Thursday, 3 June 2021

Royalties to be awarded for secondhand book sales

A new collaboration between UK booksellers and authors’ societies will mean that for the first time, writers will receive royalties on secondhand/used book sales. World of Books, the UK’s largest seller of used books, estimates the market for used books in the UK to be growing at 12% per year and will be worth £563 million within four years.

The scheme is called AuthorSHARE and was thought up by William Pryor, chairman of Bristol-based Bookbarn International which sells new, used, and rare books. “As a writer as well as founder of Bookbarn, I was puzzled that authors, the very people who create the raw material of our business, were not benefiting,” he said.

More details at Fine Books magazine

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).


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.