Bookshelf, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.

From the conceptual Read-Unread Bookshelf (which weighs books read against those still to be started) to the multi-function Trick (a unit that transforms from shelf-space into a table and two chairs), "Bookshelf" presents over 200 inventive and experimental shelving designs in more than 400 colour illustrations that are sure to covet and inspire.

Individual specification details are provided for each bookcase, including materials and documentation, and the accompanying texts by Alex Johnson, author and editor of "The Blog on the Bookshelf", provide a fun and informative look at the history of the bookcase, as well as reflecting on how a new generation of designers have re-imagined a classic.

One might have presumed that, with the advent of the e-book, the days of the bookshelf were numbered. In fact, readers are now taking almost as much interest in the furniture that houses their libraries as the books themselves; if the titles in your collection are a reflection of your personality, then so too is the design of your bookshelf.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 305 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Product design
  • ISBN: 9780500516140



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"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.

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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.<br/><br/>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...

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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.

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