Brain Pickings

The Bookshelf Rethought, Part 3

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Fluidity of form, elegance in asymmetry, brilliant minimalism, and how to roll like a nomad.

A few months ago, we looked at five brilliantly innovative bookcase and bookshelf designs, and then we looked at five more. Today, we’re back with — you guessed it — yet another five.

BIBLIOCHAISE

Remember how Donald Duck’s Uncle Scrooge used to bathe and dive and sit in his piles of money? If you’re an obsessive book lover, you’re essentially the bibliophile version of Uncle Scrooge. So it’s only natural you’d want to sit amidst your books and immerse yourself in them physically. Enter Bibliochaise by British design studio Timorous Beasties.

Brilliant in more ways than we can count — though, at £4,270, it does come close to Scrooge level.

SABA ITALIA

From Italian furniture house Saba‘s 2010 collection comes this sweepingly beautiful bookcase design.

Elegance in asymmetry, the way only Italians can do it.

HOLD ON TIGHT

Spotted at BKLYN Design earlier this month, the brilliantly minimalist Hold on Tight bookshelf by Brooklyn-based industrial design duo Colleen & Eric is an absolute treat.

The oversized wing-nut bookend cube is just the cherry on top.

ARCHIVE II

Archive II from experimental architectural platform David Garcia Studio is like a book version of Parkwheel, equal parts pragmatic space-saver and playful diversion.

Designed with the nomad book collector in mind, Archive II invites you to step inside and walk away with half a ton of books.

BOOKWAVE

From Frankfurt-based studio Ilio comes Bookwave, a curtain, room divider and bookshelf all rolled into one.

Its mesh-like structure expands in size and its fluid shape stands in sharp — or is it soft? — contrast to the solid, architectural form of traditional bookshelves.

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