Thursday, 29 December 2011

Thoughtful shelf

The Thoughtful Shelves were designed to be a fun and clever way to display your books and collectibles. The design was intended to convey the creation of an idea or conversation and makes for a unique piece of furniture. The bubble shelves create a focal point for the piece and this allows you to show off the ideas and concepts you love most. Also, the Thoughtful Shelves are a perfect compliment to these ideas, because not only do they showcase your items, but it is an intersting design idea itself
Matt Dennis

Monday, 19 December 2011


The title of Ka-Lai's latest product SheLLf is in fact a linguistic and conceptual amalgamation of ‘shell’ and ‘shelf’. Like a shell, it undulates from flatness to depth, creating a dynamic space. Made of separate compartments that are arranged in a gently increasing and decreasing way, it seems as if the shelf is crawling across the wall, literally growing out of the wall, like an animal crawling out of its shell. The cabinet’s outside has a perfectly smooth, glossy black mirror-like textured surface. Inside, a rough reddish, grainy, untreated wood creates a startling contrast. SheLLf is available in three sizes: small (124 x 74cm), medium (217 x 130cm) and large (311 x 223cm).
Ka-Lai Chan

Thursday, 15 December 2011


¡Personaliza tu casa con la estantería ANITA! En versiones de pared y de suelo, ANITA se compone de letras que unidas forman palabras para sustentar libros, marcos de fotos o lo que tú prefieras. ¡Configura tu propia estantería!
Ricard Mollon

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The Motion

The concept of ”The Motion” is space beyond the predominant view that furniture is just arranged in a room. It has not only a storage function but also space for reading and relaxation. This mobility of this book shelf gives users unexpected pleasure. Design by Hyunjin Seo.


Monday, 12 December 2011

Books - The Last Chapter?

With the rise of electronic books, is the final chapter about to be written in the long love story between books and their readers? Will the app take the place of the traditional book? Alan Yentob discusses the subject with writers Alan Bennett, Douglas Coupland, Ewan Morrison and Gary Shteyngart, publisher Gail Rebuck, agent Ed Victor and librarian Rachael Morrison. They also smell books, making precise notes about the distinctive aroma of each.

Does this look good on my bookshelf?

As academics offer their elegies for the printed book, consumers might notice more books being sold outside their traditional habitat. Volumes increasingly accent the window displays of stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, embellishing the complex décor with a quaintly vintage charm. Leaving behind the drab arena of bookstore window displays, these books for the aesthetic elite aspire to adorn the bookshelves and coffee tables of the cultured bourgeois, the slouching hipster, and the traditionally bibliophobic. What these books lack in content they make up for in beauty. They look trendy and seem to whisper, “Buy it. Who knows? You might even read it.
Harvard Political Review

Friday, 9 December 2011

Books: free wrapping paper

What could be better for your book gifts? To get your paper (post free in the UK only), please email:
Thames & Hudson

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Pin Pres

Pin Pres is a kid’s room shelf that makes the act of sorting up the room a playful experience where the shelf adopts its form to the toys, books and other things that are being stored. It's the only shelf that will make your kid actually want to clean up and declutter the room!
OOO My Design

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How to Build a Hidden Door Bookshelf

Do you have a door to a storage area or, perhaps, a secret room? What better way to hide it than to build a bookshelf that not only holds your books and decorations, but also swings open to provide access to your little hideaway?

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Book as block, block as type

This series is based on Thomas Fuller’s statement A book that is shut is but a block.
Shelves are used as a typographic grid; books are considered for their shape and colour, rather than content. Building up the letters reminded me very much of typesetting, as every type made of coloured books had to be blocked with white books, just as it is done in letterpress, where large areas of white space are created by the wooden blocks called furniture.
Amandine Alessandra

Friday, 2 December 2011


Babel is a five-tier bookshelf with a trunk-like, conical form made of moulded polyethylene using a rotational technique and is available in various colours. The surface has irregular lines, giving it a natural texture. The circular base means it can easily be placed in any home or contract environment. Suitable also for outdoor.
Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo