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Alex Johnson


The first publication to take bookshelf design as its subject, featuring over 200 inventive and experimental shelving designs

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A title that will appeal to those interested in book culture as well as furniture and interior design, Bookshelf is the first publication to take bookshelf design as its subject. From the conceptual Read-Unread Bookshelf (which weighs books read against those still to be started) to the multi-function Trick (a unit that transforms from shelf-space into a table and two chairs), Bookshelf presents over 200 inventive and experimental shelving designs in more than 400 colour illustrations that are sure to inspire.

Individual 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.

One might have presumed that, with the advent of the e-book, the days of the bookshelf were numbered. In fact, readers are now taking almost as much interest in the furniture that houses their libraries as the books themselves; if the titles in your collection are a reflection of your personality, then so too is the design of your bookshelf.

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'In this day of e-readers and downloads, it is refreshing to see a celebration of the real thing - books. 'Bookshelf' does so in a relevant rather than nostalgic way, taking a look at clever, beautiful and useful examples of modern shelving design'
Daily Telegraph

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 18.0 x 18.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 305

Publication date: 20 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500516140

Contents List

Introduction: In Praise of the Bookshelf • I. Bookcases • II. Single Shelves • III. Bookshelf Furniture • IV. Unusual Bookcases • V. Bookcases as Art • VI. Outside the Box • VII. Restricted-size Bookshelves

About the Author

Alex Johnson is a regular contributor to the Independent and Enterprise Nation, and the founding editor/publisher of two internationally popular blogs, Shedworking and Bookshelf.

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