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Book storage as art
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2012/03/bookshelf-heaven-awesome-containers-for.html

I discovered by looking at this post that I don't really approve of organizing books by the color of their spines.

Also, "a deeply comforting amount of books that we will never be able to read in its entirety in our lifetimes"? I saw maybe one image that had that many books.

I like the stretchable ones toward the bottom of the page, which are also discussed here:
http://gizmodo.com/5100849/platzhalter-bookshelf-splits-to-store-extra-books

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pyrzqxgl From: pyrzqxgl Date: April 23rd, 2012 06:08 am (UTC) (link)
Wow!

I didn't care so much for the stretchable ones, because it would seem to me you could just use that space to put more of them side by side in the first place.
firecat From: firecat Date: April 23rd, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC) (link)
I definitely see your point, but I've often found myself out of storage space in my existing shelves and not wanting to go buy more shelves, so it appealed from that perspective.
starcat_jewel From: starcat_jewel Date: April 23rd, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC) (link)
IMO all of those are for people who care more about looking like they have books than about having books. Several of them would fail if you actually tried to read any of the books, because they use the books as structural elements.
firecat From: firecat Date: April 23rd, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC) (link)
I definitely don't approve of using readable books as structural elements.

Or vinyl records melted into the shape of bowls, or typewriter key bracelets or...
graymalkin13 From: graymalkin13 Date: April 24th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC) (link)
Some of those designs are very clever. I like the whimsy of the books hanging from the ceiling. The digitally fabricated, wavy wood shelves are lovely and remind me of Gaudi. But all the oddly shaped and curvy designs make me dizzy -- seriously. The one closest to my personal aesthetic is the slightly gothic-looking nook with the black shelves and red chair. Most of the nooks wouldn't work for me because I don't like small spaces, like under a stairway.

I definitely enjoy having ""a deeply comforting amount of books that we will never be able to read in its entirety in our lifetimes" -- which is why I have bookcases in every room and piles of books on every surface in my house. I'd love to have a large, elegant, traditional sort of library space for them all. (You know -- with Persian rugs and paintings and chaises longues.) There are many pictures of such spaces in At Home With Books by Caroline Seebohm.

I don't really approve of organizing books by the color of their spines.

Heh! Actually, aesthetics does affect how I arrange my books. I spend a lot of time arranging a bookcase that will be visible according to book size and color, and whether a book is hardcover or paperback. Books I don't like to look at go on shelves in a closet. Once I get a bookcase arranged, it usually stays much the same for years. So when I get new books, they pile up until I have the space to make a new shelf for them. Sometimes I like to prop a book with a beautiful cover up against the rest of the books on a shelf -- just like in a bookstore. I lerrrrrrve my books.

Remember when the only books I would have visible on my bookcases had black covers? :-)
firecat From: firecat Date: April 24th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC) (link)
The curvy ones make me a bit woozy too.

I'd love to have a large, elegant, traditional sort of library space for them all. (You know -- with Persian rugs and paintings and chaises longues.)

I'd love to come hang out with you there.

At Home With Books by Caroline Seebohm

Oh cool, it's at the library. I'll go look at it sometime.

Actually, aesthetics does affect how I arrange my books.

I'm not surprised! :-) I don't disapprove of that. I just disapprove of the rainbow spines thing. I'm sure you would do something much more creative.
graymalkin13 From: graymalkin13 Date: April 24th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC) (link)
I don't disapprove of that. I just disapprove of the rainbow spines thing. I'm sure you would do something much more creative.

Oh yeah, I didn't think you disapproved of the kind of thing I do. I agree about the rainbow spines. I didn't find that appealing at all.

I think we are both far too woozy already. :-)
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: April 24th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (link)
At my reading speed, almost any of those shelves would be enough to last me a lifetime if I actually read them all and started out having not read them all.

(Of course, the problem with that idea is that I *already* have a lifetime of books to read, for me, in my own collection at home, but that doesn't stop me wanting and buying new ones, or not feeling like reading any of the things I have waiting at a given moment.)
sarahmichigan From: sarahmichigan Date: April 24th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC) (link)
"a deeply comforting amount of books that we will never be able to read in its entirety in our lifetimes"

Perhaps they meant all the books in the entire post? I'd have trouble getting through all those, despite reading nearly a book a week.
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