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Bookshelf (2012)

by Alex Johnson

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Creative ideas ... page after page after page! Photograph of the bookshelf and a short paragraph description. ( )
  deldevries | Aug 13, 2017 |
This book is full of bookshelf designs of all kinds. Also includes the artists information. Some works include websites for more information. Alot of the designs in this book is what I would consider contemporary. It is a beautifully compact book with wonderful photography. ( )
  ShariOH | Mar 8, 2015 |
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... ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
For those with bibliophile tendencies, this is quite a book. Many of the bookcases shown have few books on them in order to see the design. Two of my favorites had plenty of books- Layers Book Chair and the Staircase (of books). Loved the Reading Hideaway for kids. The minimalist in me liked the Conceal Shelf. For its desgn Chaos Theory and Laderszat appealed to me the most. ( )
  geraldinefm | Sep 3, 2012 |
"Bookshelf" by Alex Johnson is porn for book lovers. Some of the bookshelves are not practical for people with many books but they are sure pretty to look at. ( )
  LizPhoto | Jun 6, 2012 |
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A multitude of books confuses the mind. Accordingly, since you cannot read all the books which you may possess, it is enough to possess only as many books as you can read.

Seneca Letters to Lucilius
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For my father and mother,

who gave me my first bookshelves

For Wilma,

who shares my bookshelves

For Thomas, Edward and Robert,

who are rapidly filling up their own bookshelves
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Over the last 20 years we have experienced a revolution in the way we store our knowledge. (Introduction)
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In 1901, John Willis Clark wrote about the 'ever-present need for more space to hold the invading hordes of books that represent the literature of today' in his fascinating and groundbreaking study of library fixtures and fittings, The Care of Books. Over a century later we are still faced iwth the same, happy, problem.
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A medley of bookcases -- A cornucopia of designs. Single shelves ; Bookshelf furniture ; Unusual bookshelves ; Bookshelves as art ; Outside the box ; Bijou bookshelves.
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Celebrating innovation and inspiration in one of the most basic of all home designs: the bookshelf.

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 capitalizing on limited space to display seven books containing the world’s most influential religions, to Sakura Adachi’s “Trick,” a bookcase that constantly mutates into a table and two chairs. Shelves can even be re-imagined: the way laundry is dried in China informed Dutch designers Studio Ditte as they created their Kwan bookcase.

So while we appreciate the efficient book storage of e-readers, let us marvel at physical bookshelves that are shaped like trees, or hold books upside down, or can even walk. This beautifully crafted book will bring joy to book lovers everywhere.

300+ color illustrations

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A title that will appeal to those interested in book culture as well as furniture and interior design, "Bookshelf" is the first publication to take bookshelf design as its subject.

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