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Bye, Bye Bookends? April 25, 2013

Can Ivan Zhang’s design for his Ultraminimal Bookshelf put the bookend alongside the book on the endangered list?Imagine no more propping books up or lying them down to prevent books from falling over. “We usually tilt the last book on the shelf in order to prevent the books from falling. Likewise, a wide variety of bookends are on the market for the same purpose…This natural shape of Bookshelf’ makes conscious rectification unnecessary.” The bookshelf is…

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Making Space for Reading

Reading Hideaway Reading can be an escape or an education or both at once. It can challenge, comfort, exasperate or delight but in this busy world the main problem can be finding space for it all –  Rachel Van Riel, Director of Opening the Book Brodart, a leading library supply company, has partnered with Opening the Book to bring their designs to the North American market. 95% of UK libraries already use Opening the Book…

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William S. Stone March 28, 2013

Study William S. Stone builds some pretty wild things – from chairs without legs to surreal clocks Stone offers a refreshing take on basic household objects.Luckily for us he has created a few pieces for he book crowd including the “Study,” a self-contained outdoor study space. Three bookcases Forest bookcase

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Bookshelves in a music video January 16, 2013

Talk about the next best thing. If you are not going to put books on them then… Welcome to the first music video by noted Icelandic visual artist Harald Haraldsson. A 3+ minute visual feast for the song “Love With You” by Baarregaard & Briem. Empty bookshelves become the backdrop for some amazing visual projections. On the making of the video: The video was shot over the course of one night, using Random bookshelves from…

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The Free Book Incident: Nothing to Buy, Nothing to Return January 2, 2013 – Posted in: Content

Photo courtesy of Chris Burnside The Free Book Incident (FBI), a month-long experiment & celebration of books & community.    Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers and Olson Kundig Architects have partnered to create a unique environment to celebrate the power of books and investigate what can happen when they are available for free. FBI is inspired in part by The Book Thing of Baltimore, an ongoing free book exchange whose “mission is to put unwanted books…

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