Posts Tagged ‘bookcase’

When library scientists complain about having too many books.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

This is an addendum – or antidote – to the previous wall-of-books post. Riba, a library scientist, writes

Within our home the sheer quantity of books we own inhibits our ability to display artwork. Bookshelves have consumed most of the wallspace, leaving few places to hang paintings. We could weed our book collection — I could point to dozens of books which we haven’t opened in over a decade which are also readily available from the library… But whether it’s nostalgia, inertia, or something else, the books continue to gather dust and the paintings sit in the corner.

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For bookshelf fetishists

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

In case you haven’t already see the entire amazing archive, it’s by Bokhyller via Preik.

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Egle Amaldi’s bookshelf & modernist Cado shelving

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

These staggered, airy midcentury modern arrangements are so much less chichi than the many fancified contemporary bookshelves you see around.

I love this simple, balanced living room belonging to Italian architect Egle Amaldi in the 1960s. The bookshelf—its shape and the way it spans the whole width—is probably the key to the room.

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1960s DIY projects – geometric wall treatment, vertical lanterns

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Here are two quite beautiful DIY projects from the 60s, both found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Most of what you find in the book is a bit kitschy, but these two ideas seemed brilliant. The instructions are a little minimal, but a pair of fairly resourceful people could probably figure them out.

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