If you have a books / book storage mismatch and draw the line at going along to Ikea to buy another Billy Bookcase (now 30 years old) then here are some fresh ideas from designers out there.
1. Sit and read them
Cabinet Chair Bookcase
The Cabinet Chair Bookcase from Ontwerpers
This bookcase was first designed to be a commercial information desk for places like hotel lobbies and libraries, but its unique design has caught on with modern furniture enthusiasts. It is also popular for its relatively compact size and because it can hold books and other items all around you, while you surf the web on the built-in monitor keyboard.
Everyone loves the idea of curling up with a book – but how about within a bookcase? The Cave is a combination bookcase and lounge chair design that provides a comfortable, cozy and visually secluded place to wrap yourself in your favorite volume and read for a while with a soft overhead light.
2. Move them about
Archive II by David Garcia
ARCHIVE II, a round wheel book archive, functions as a nomadic library, where the user can travel with his own books. Once still, it creates a room for meeting and inspiration, generating a special acoustic echo for the reader inside the wheel.
An ingenious answer to a perennial problem: lack of storage space. The Literatura provides a mobile storage unit on the front which is on wheels. This can be wheeled along the track on the base to access the storage units immediately behind.
3. Climb on them
Stairway to Heaven
The StairCASE by Danny Kuo
A smart solution for people with limited space (or a lot of books!). It’s a standard bookcase where each shelf is actually a box that slides out allowing it to become stairs. Just slide out a shelf and you can easily reach the top shelf without a ladder.
Apartment stairs by Levitate Architects
We created a ‘secret’ staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome.
4. Rely on Ron
The USA Bookshelf
Bookworm Bookshelf by Ron Arad
Bookworm is a shelving revolution. A colourful, transparent, flexible bookcase with which you can express a little personal creativity, when deciding on how to figuratively shape and fix the shelf to the wall.
Oh, the Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends by Ron Arad
A bookcase inspired by the map of the United States. It’s OK, nobody appears to understand the title.
5. Customise your storage solution
Timber frame bookcase
Bespoke circular bookcase by Blue Ridge Timberwrights
A Virginia hybrid timber frame, this home was inspired by the design of a circular cottage the owners had seen while traveling in Europe.
Vagabond Bookshop bookcase by Smansk
An unusual bookcase design that based around the concepts of proximity distance and multi-dimensionality. The idea was bring the outside world into the shop. A map of the local area provided the basis for the floor pattern, which continues up the walls in the form of a shelving system able to accommodate guides to all the world travel destination.
6. Reuse them
Book Wall by Jan Van Hoof
If you think of throwing out your used books, think again. Aside from giving or donating it to the less fortunate ones, Dutch designer Jan Van Hoof has exhibited a wall made of cut-up books. The idea the designer has will not only provide new excellent and artistic design but rather, it helps a lot in making our garbage bin free from those bulk books that we intended to throw. In this way, Hoof does not only create a masterpiece of art but he also made a step closer to a cleaner and greener environment.
Book Planter by Gartenkultur
Designed by an Italian company, this nice planter is made of thick books or a stack of comic books. The book is drilled to create a hole as a place for mesh net and some dirt and an isolation material is used to cover the book, so it wouldn’t become wet. This planter is very suitable for small plant such as bonsai.