Chevron Shelves by Australian designer Henry Wilson is a beautifully simple and adaptable object, perfect for small or frequently changing spaces. The piece is modular, so you can create a configuration specific to your interior and storing needs. It is also flat-packed. Each unit is assembled from four pieces of precision milled birch-ply. The shelves are put together via the slot-in principle without any tools or adhesives. I love the ergonomic tilt, allowing to see contents of the lower shelves at a glance. It’s also pleasing that the shelves are tall enough for big art books and magazines.
This beautifully minimal shelf, called The Small “b”, has been created by Hamburg based designer Holon ID. The solid oak wooden frame is combined with the stainless steel mounting brackets. These brackets becomes invisible once the shelf is filled with books. As the result the books and the frame seem to be floating in the air. What a cool idea! There are 12 modular sizes available, so whatever your reading preferences are – artbooks, enciclopedias or paperbacks – The Small “b” will fit them all.
If you are a bookish person I doubt you can stay impartial to this table/bookshelf/bookmark. Booken by Raw Edges, designed for Italian furniture brand Lema, is every bookworm’s wet dream. It uses books as building material and in turn provides an attractive display for them. It also allows you to recycle the volumes you’ve read once and have no intention of coming back to. “We were inspired by the fact that people do not re-read the novels that are so often on the shelves,” designers explain. “Most books are usually read once and not re-read, and then we thought, why not use the volumes as if they have a plan? Of course you can always remove the book and read it, but at the same time the books take on a new role.” I also remember that Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges has been toying with the idea of a bookcase like that for a few years now, even built one for his personal use. It is pleasing to see that commercial birth has been finally given to this concept. Booken is displayed as part of Lema’s exposition at this year’s IMM Cologne.
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How adorable is this? The Hold On Tight shelf by Colleen & Eric features two built-in bookends – one fixed and one moving. The idea that is both cute and sensible. Designers elaborate: “Your books are no longer in danger of toppling over. Over-sized wing-nut allows bookend to slide into place and be secured wherever it’s needed.” The shelf comes in beech, walnut and oak, covered with water based stain and all natural shellac finish. The aluminum cube and wing-nut are powder-coated.
London based designer Paul Cocksedge, well known for his bold space installations, came up with an object of a smaller scale, but just as impressive as his other works. Invisible Bookend is a visual illusion, allowing you to display books without any additional support. A slightly tilted stack is all we see. He never reveals the trick, making our curiosity another selling point. ”I wanted to discover if other people would enjoy as much as I do seeing books displayed without any other object to distract attention from them. This is a design which is not about appearance, only function. That’s the beauty of it,” – says the designer. A great gift for all the book lovers on your list…
This multifunctional entrance item made me look. Robin Wood by French brand WA.DE.BE combines a small shelf, hooks for clothes and accessories, lighting, a tray for loose change, keys and/or mail and a small mirror. All these essentials in one compact item. Designers call the piece a “swiss army knife” of entryway storage, which is more than fair. Robin Wood is made of solid oak and comes in two sizes.
The Un-tidy side table by Milan based designer Kostantia Manthou provides a clever and unexpected extra storage for various reading materials. Thanks to its accordeon-like leather pocket, the piece expands, creating a bookshelf between two surfaces. Perfect as a bedside table and a reading chair companion, Un-tidy is flexible and can store as much or as little as you like. The item comes in a variety of finishes and several colors of leather.
Since we’re on the subject of interesting room dividers, here is another one I couldn’t pass by. B-OK is a space-saving alternative to the usual bookshelf, created by Italian designer Marica Vizzuso. The piece unfolds into a screen and folds back into a tower, depending on your preference and space limitations. B-OK is also fun – instead of stacking books side-by-side, you pile books on top of one another into a variety of slots. ““Why do you place books in a conventional way when you can have both an amusing and aesthetically interesting alternative?” – aptly asks the designer.
This minimalist shelf by Carme Pinós studio caught my eye. Made out of 2mm thick piece of steel, the Moni shelf is folded and attached to the wall, creating multiple configurations. The piece reminds me of Umbra’s famous Conceal shelf. Here too – the storage becomes visually overtaken by the stored items. “Moni’s receptacle form facilitates easy storage of books and objects, and takes on a weightless appearance as the number of books grows.” – designers explain. The piece is available in three depths – 20cm-25cm-30cm, and two finishes – vanished and coated.
Everyone who follows this blog is aware of my book storage fetish. Here is another item I couldn’t pass by - the Slotted System Bookcase by Book/Shop. Ideal for a desk or a windowsill, this portable bookshelf is designed to fit a large variety of books - from small paperbacks to large art books and lps. Made in California of natural birch ply, each piece is cut and trimmed by hand to ensure an exact fit, then matte clear-coated, edge-banded, and hand rubbed with a light finish of natural beeswax. The result is gorgeous, practical and mobil. Perfect for those actively perused books you need to have in front of you at all times.