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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Bookcases are so much more than just a place to store one’s books. They've become experiments in engineering and explorations into modern art, covetable in their own right. Financial analysts at Bloomberg have even used the IKEA Billy bookcase as an index of economic growth.

In these pages you will find plenty of inspiration and diversity, from “Juxtaposed,” a shelf capital
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Thames & Hudson Inc.
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karen
sometimes when i am forced to shelve the art cart in the morning, i get a little distracted. there are so many interior design books about how to live with and display the books you have. and they intrigue me, because i know there has got to be a better solution to how i live now than:

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so i flip through.

and there's Books Make a Home: Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books, which is great, as far as drooly book-porn goes, but basically, its suggestions are:

1) have a really nice apartment
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Monica!
My co-worker just glanced over at my desk and asked, “Monica. Is that… a book… about bookshelves?”

Yes. Yes it is. Don’t judge me. This is basically librarian porn. So many beautiful, supple bookshelves. Mmm. Loves it.

Of course, my home looks very much like karen’s, and while it would be fantastic to have room for eight-foot-long shelves carved from obsidian into the shape of lightning bolts, I instead am forced to shove stack after stack of ARCs and withdrawn copies of The Hobbit into the back
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Claudia
An excellent example of something that's a good idea for a blog, but a complete waste of time as a book. I paged through it in about an hour, thinking mostly, "Ah, yes, bookshelves for people who don't really read. Gotcha."

A consistent tipoff to this sort of nonsense is any sort of trompe l'oeil effect designed to make people think you own more books than you actually do, represented here by wallpaper made of photographs of actual bookcases. This is an especially dumb idea, since the problem bo
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Nikki
Visual porn of bookshelves and books, but really far too much on the side of bookshelves and not enough of books. What I mean is, they're all artsy and that's great as art but as a practical way of storing books? Most of them are totally unappealing.

There are some good thoughts -- a book rocking chair, for example, could store the books I'm currently reading so I don't have to get up if I want to switch...
Melodie
Super-quick read with fantabulous photos of bookshelves and inspiration. Fun stuff. This book would be a lovely addition to ANY bookshelf. :)
Scott
I appreciate design BUT if you have the clots of books stashed like I do on every shelf...with or without color coordination, then this book acts as reference only. I did explore the Chicago-based site for a portable bike-operated book library (www.bookbike.org.) Bringing books to the community is a great idea. There is a small free library near where I live that is based on the honor system that I, for the longest time, thought was a large low-level birdhouse. A pic is to be added soon.
Corné
Have to admit: this was a great present! This is a book about shelves and cases, but it makes you think about books, your own books, where you want to keep them, how you want to keep them... I have been sampling this book for months and getting inspiration every turn. But it is not just a catalog, obviously: a lot of thinking and very concise writing has gone into it. If you like books, get this one.
Tony
This book is pure, unadulterated design porn for book lovers and modern furniture freaks. Born from the "Bookshelf" blog, it's basically hundreds of pages of beautifully photographed bookshelves by designers from around the world. Each has a little snippet about it, as well as the designer's website for those with the pockets deep enough to actually afford some of this stuff. As with so much modern design, the emphasis falls more on the aesthetic side of the aesthetic/functional spectrum. Which ...more
Christopher Hall
I'm not sure how to rate this book. Looking at the various designs was mildly interesting, but most of the designs are not attractive, and certainly seem like solutions in need of a problem. Most of the designers seem to not have heard of the phrase, "Form follows function." In any case it was a fun diversion from my normal reading.

I borrowed a copy from the Pima County Library.
Martin
After a while you realize that most of the designs are the same thing over and over: let's do wacky things with the shelves. Id' say only 20% of the designs are clever, and only 10% is something you could actually consider having in your home.

But to be honest, some of the designs are more art pieces than bookshelves, and the ones you might consider actually buying are really clever.
Erin
The pictures in this book are wonderful and you will totally want to redecorate your entire house as a library. Well, you will if you love books the way I do. I enjoy books that show you wonderful design and ways to do things. The pictures are great.
Cheri
Neat pictures of bookshelves that are actually art-in-disguise. Fun to flip through.
Heydi Smith
Such a fantastic book to look through. I want most of them!
Beth
Interesting book, although it seemed to be more of a buyer's catalog or guide to art (there were was one instance where Johnson wrote, "Designer Erich Keller and Set 26 invite you to buy your favourite word" (p.106), which didn't jibe too well with me. I would have preferred a more impartial look at these cases. A lot of them are also nonfunctional. Only about a tenth are actually usable for a house or apartment, but they were still cool to look at, nonetheless. My favorite is perhaps the Concea ...more
Violetta
A lively and lovely collection of some of the strangest and yet surprisingly elegant answers that various designers had when considering "what to do with all these books? " Some shelves are aimed at form, some at function. Some make a statement irrespective of which books are found on their shelves, while some are customized specifically to highlight the relationship between the books the shelf is intended to house.

A lovely reference work, in short, and the blog that inspired it should serve you
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Christine
Cool pictures!!
Jessica
3.5 out of 5 star for this little book about bookshelves. The book had a high photograph to text ration so it was quick to read through. The book is by the guy behind the Bookshelf blog (http://theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot...) The book and the blog features images of many artistic and unique bookshelves. Everything from bookshelves that double as chairs or lamps to book shelves that are shaped like giant wheels and can be rolled across the floor. This is an interesting little book for biblioph ...more
Kevin Magpoc
Admittedly I didn't read every single entry, but the pictures usually speak for themselves and stand well enough on their own anyway. I was rather pleased that the book highlights all conceivable types of book-shelving, from the practical to the artistic, with even enough that fit in both categories, to even a few facades that only give the impression of shelving. Is it ironic that Alex Johnson's "Bookshelf" belongs most deservedly not on any shelf but out in the open on top of the coffee table?
Sarah
Photos of creative bookshelves. Fantastic.
Janice
What a fun book to look at...it's amazing what permutations the brain can concoct to design something radically new for a "bookshelf." The notations are interesting, too, for instance "when designing the displays for the bookshop in London, the owner took inspiration from the stalls of flea markets. The shelves can fold down to form light crates allowing for easy transport." Highly recommend this book for the pure joy of creativity.
Elizabeth Olson
The bookcase featured here, in photos and text, serve as wall art, room dividers, public sculpture, furniture, transportation and much, much more. This collection of designs reimagining the bookcase and questioning our relationship to books as icons, books as decor, books as cultural symbols, books as repositories of wisdom or imagination and even books as books is thought-provoking and entertaining.
Elizabeth
Hipster book with gorgeous pics of different bookshelves.

Some of my favorites ::

Vintage pg. 42
Untamed Chaos pg. 92
Bookshape pg. 105
Paperback pg. 108
Cumulus pg. 120
Comic pg. 123
Barok pg. 127 (paired w/Vintage = dreamy)
Read-Unread pg. 201
Joe and Joe Junior pg. 228
Tree Bookshelf pg. 231
Branch Bookshelf pg. 234

Perfect :: Softwall pg. 240 :: yes, please!

Leah Wener-Fligner
I am sooooo lusting after fancy bookshelves. Oh but they are pretty. The only downside to this book is that it's something of a catalog--the product descriptions and companies are in little blurbs next to the shelves and because I am what I am, I couldn't not read them...until I started treating it like a catalog and just ogling the pictures.

The pretty, pretty pictures.
Christiane
This book is so much fun to flip through! Who knew there were so many different ways to shelve books? My favorites are two by designer Sakura Adachi (www.sakurah.net): one is a bookshelf that opens to make a small table and two chairs; the other is a bookshelf with a built in "pet cave" with a little cushion for your pet. I only wish these were available to buy!
Mohsen
Absoulotly brilliant.

If you are starting a research or looking for inspiration, or just want to buy a good new or weird shelf this is where you should be.

Simply illustrated. Just the shelf, main information {Size material} and the website that you can buy it from.

It presented what I wanted and has what I needed quite clearly is what I'm trying to say.
Tuck
lots and lots of great ideas and websites of builders and designers of book shelves, and most are seeminly functional and not just for show or decoration. there is book[shelf]porn, then you start getting into the hardcore. this is getting to hardcore.
see this review for some great selections from this
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Amber Polo
A picture book for book (shelf) lovers.
Gorgeous photographs of artful book shelves for storing books not on your kindle. My favorite was "Set 26" (an entire alphabet of letter-shaped furniture.
Other fun photos feature book wallpaper and a bookshelf print dress.
Lots of ultra modern engineered whimsy. Most too asymmetrical and angular for my taste.
Tamara
Subtitled: Eye Candy

The shelves that serve two purposes, such as the lamp/page holder bookshelf (p150), the cat staircase bookshelf (p186) and the bike mount bookshelf (p185) are my favorite, but the "defying gravity" shelves are pretty sweet too.

Is it terrible that I want this to be a Pinterest board instead of a book???

Badet
I did not read the description for any of those products, however, I must say that this collection of bookshelves left me wanting to buy all of them After all, most of what is featured here are unorthodox styles for a bookshelf. Nice to know that people people are taking time to make creative designs to house books.
Gail
There are definitely some interesting pieces highlighted in this book. As expected with art there's a wide range of artistic styles and the forms on display range from clever adaptations to abstract riffs on bookshelves. Some more effective than others. The pictures are better than the commentary.
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