Bookshelf by Alex Johnson

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Yay for books! Who doesn’t love a ton of books!? Even if you don’t love to read books as much as we do, you could be one of those folks who just likes having a lot of books around the house (for looks or comfort). The point is, lots of books need storage space. You could go with a boring old set of level, rectangular bookshelves, but why not at least consider all the other options out there?

“Bookshelf” by Alex Johnson does just that: Shows you all the amazing ideas and strides in bookshelves that have come along in recent years. Published by Thames & Hudson, the smallish, square-shaped book features a whopping 305 color illustrations of just about any sort of bookshelf shape you could imagine, and plenty more that you could never even come up with in your wildest dreams.

Featuring bookshelves that play with materials, to those that challenge the traditional shape of one, to those that barely look functional, you’ll have your mind blown open with what’s being done with furniture made to hold books, and you’ll love marveling at over all the clever designs. You’ll no doubt grab inspiration for what to with your own library. And! Meta alert: win this copy of this book and put it on your own awesome bookshelf at home (or buy a new one if you don’t have a good one!)

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. Find more photos, information and buy the book at the Thames & Hudson website.

Comment on THIS post for a chance to win this awesome book about wallpaper. We’ll choose the winners at random and announce next week! (And don’t forget to leave away to contact you, like an email address, when you comment!)

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  1. Will

    May 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Interesting concept. It would be so ironic if this book was placed on the typical bookshelf.

  2. Victoria

    May 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Very innovative ideas for shelving. This could be useful when building our future modern home!

  3. Susan

    May 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I must get this book. Can’t wait!

  4. Michael G

    May 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Awesome designs. I have thousands of books and need creative ways to display.

  5. Melissa

    May 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I love reading and I love books! This book looks awesome!!!

  6. bev

    May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    books vs. ereaders

  7. Jared Leatham

    May 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Taking a little inspiration from Kramer on Seinfeld, what if the book could also become a shelf? I think I know a way.

  8. Mamavalveeta03

    May 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Incredibly cool ideas. I am so sick of the norm. Thanks for making me realize that there is SO much more out there in decor!

  9. Annie

    May 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Could use this book for all the books piled on my desk :)

  10. alex

    May 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Hi, I’m the author of Bookshelf – thanks for the kind words. I’m really glad you enjoyed it, but have to say that the designers deserve all the credit for their hugely ingenious work.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      May 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

      What an honor to have you comment on the post! And what a humble one at that. I think they definitely deserve credit, but your great curating eye did a good job as well!

  11. matt forget

    May 10, 2012 at 5:10 am

    this book is perfect! trying to fill my bookshelf!!!

  12. Rachelle

    May 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Would love to add this book to my collection

  13. janine

    May 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I love this! I am an architect and have been designing my own bookcase for my future apartment. This book would be an amazing inspiration.

  14. Roxie Poe

    May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    When I first saw Captain Kirk reading on a “cube” which contained a book, a chill struck my heart. I want real books. They require real shelves. As an artist, I love looking at the shelves that are art and contain real books. Beautiful photos.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      May 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      We choose winners at random, but if we were picking favorites, I’d pick this comment for them Captain Kirk mention!

  15. lauren

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Another great book for a designer’s collection! This will get pinned to my ‘books + design’ pinboard on pinterest… Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Anna TerAvest

    May 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Bookshelf obsessed and always looking for new ideas!I would love to own this one! :)

  17. Bert

    May 11, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Design and books combined, the perfect combination! Would love to add this book to my bookshelf!

    For all readers: take the opportunity to wacht the bookshelf blog:

  18. matt

    May 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    still have space on the bookshelf for this one!

  19. Ivar

    May 13, 2012 at 1:51 am

    My bookshelf could still need some more books – like this one.

  20. christina

    May 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    still haven’t given in to the e-reader!

  21. Becky Greene

    May 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    As a school librarian, I have a keen interest in book display! Would love to have this book!!

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