Mind-Boggling Bookshelves

Bookshelves often seem to burst. You always try to squeeze in another book into the last gap which is far too narrow. „Platzhalter“ gives in to force and makes space for more books by literally bursting. An initially hidden board stretches between the split halves and widens the usable surface. The more books you add to the shelf, the wider it opens. The classical rectangular shape turns into a V-shaped outline until the shelf reaches its defined limit.

Behold the ‘bursting’ bookshelf.


Personally, the design is not aesthetically pleasing but it sure is unique! (By the way, I’m not sure why the guy looks like he thinks the bookshelf is smelly.)


And what about this Book Porcupine? Looks messy but pretty darn cute! If I have a bookshop I’d use this to display last copy books as an appealing way to attract customers. Or if I were to put it in my room then I’d put the books waiting to be read, to make them look more enticing. 😛 Then again, I might not with the price tag of 950 pounds!


The photo above is so simple in its presence, just a bookcase in a non-descript room that you wouldn’t think much of it. It is the photo of the bookcase which swung out to cover the secret opening to the annex where Anne Frank’s family lived while in hiding from the Nazi’s.

It sure makes you think about bookcases differently.

Found this interesting bookshelf trivia via here.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kay
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 00:58:37

    I love the Book Porcupine! It’s not very practical but yes, really cute. I would imagine it in a kids playroom (although, for the price, I would probably never put this in a kids playroom unless I was really, really rich!)

    The last picture is great though. I had never seen it before, but yes, it makes you think!

    nylusmilk: yeah, exactly! another reason to love bookshelves all the more. 🙂


  2. Bookshelves
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 02:37:15

    Although many people could disagree, I prefer the modern bookshelves than the old ones. They are more practical, especially in small condos, and especially for books lovers, who have plenty of them and need to store them in a small place.

    nylusmilk: as for me, as long as it’s practical, stylish enough with the right kind of price tag, any bookshelf will do! 🙂


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