Dealing with storage and clutter are concerns in most of our lives. Dealing with too many clothes, collections, books, and mementos from a life well lived is the dividing line between the Minimalists, and the rest of us. Yet, while clean, well-ordered space is not only good for the psyche (i.e. I know where to find my stuff so I’m not stressed out!), but it also helps make a small space feel bigger. As such, finding a place to put that new pair of jeans, or that new tech gadget, is a great thing.
Are your books overflowing? Mine are!
For me, the problem is books. I have lots of them. Lots! Books are stacked in bookcases, under night stands and on coffee tables. And still, I have design books that are in boxes and stacked on the floor. It’s my (or Sean’s) cross to bear. Considering that Sean and I have lived in our loft for over 2 years, we both agreed that it is time to take advantage of an awkward corner of our loft – otherwise unusable space – and have some book cases made (or find something ready-made, as Sean keeps telling me). The goal is to rid our lives of boxes and piles of books in 2015! Towards that end, I have been spending a bit of time lately exploring different bookshelves options, which range from architectural solutions for sculptural furniture. Here are some of my favorites.
Integrate book cases into the architecture. Pivoting shelves can transform a room from living room to study, from open to closed. With the right set up, you could incorporate a television, to transform a living room into a family room with one twirl. Cool idea.
Display art books like art, or magazines.
Asymmetrical tower by Baxter.
Books as sculpture.
Another sculptural bookcase by Cassina
I’m in love with most designs from Piero Lissoni…a master! The Codex bookcase taps into the “Mondrian” theme floating in the design zeitgeist.
Another stick-crafted design from Living Divani.
When you can’t live with straight lines, try the Primo Quarto bookcase. Maybe not practical, but sensual.
B&B Italia keeps things classy! Simple, clean and modern. Use it as a room divider.
Etagere by Martin Szekely. View books like an architect.
Integrating book shelves into the architecture make rooms appear larger.
Bibliotheque “Charlotte” by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is both modular and colorful.
“et cetera” provide both open shelving and compartments.
Another version of the same theme, by MDF Italia
Compartmentalization and exhibitionism must be a part of our culture. Use this piece as a room divider.
A classic Jean-Michel Frank design.
And finally, a reminder to go “architectural” whenever possible. When done right, your home will feel large and more harmonious.
David Bjørngaard, March 2015