Shelf life, reimagined.
For you modern design book lovers out there, you may already have a creative design strategy for book storage. If not, a new book just published this month may offer some quirky, unique, and very modern ideas. (Yes, we are getting very meta today: a book about storing books.) Alex Johnson, a writer for Britain’s Independent newspaper, began blogging on the subject a few years ago, which eventually led to Bookshelf, featured on NPR’s Picture Show Blog a few weeks ago.
With iPads and Kindles and other e-devices exploding in popularity, many people have moved away from reading actual books. While digital versions are certainly lighter and more compact—and therefore great for travel—we really love paper pages and well-designed covers and being able to fold corners and write in margins.
Call us stuffy and old-fashioned, but we love books. And thanks to Johnson’s extensive research, now we can organize those books that define us in a beautiful, modern way—and breathe new life into an art often deemed archaic. Check out the slideshow, because the designs are really quite inspired: from Moroccan mosaics to Pacman, Chilean tree branches to a rope bridge, the images give just a glimpse at the creativity collected inside Bookshelf.