30 of the Most Creative Bookshelves Designs

30 of the Most Creative Bookshelves Designs

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The Equation Bookshelf, designed by Marcos Breder, uses the simple idea of organizing objects in a certain order. As you can see, the design is unique, stylish and original. You can put the books that you use most often (or maybe a framed picture) between the (parentheses) — whichever is the focal point of this bookshelf — and then set others between the [square brackets]and the {braces}.

These Folding Bookshelves are really innovative and practical; they let you arrange the books in an interesting way, as you can see from these pictures. The shelves are made of sturdy cherry wood, but they possess the lightness of rice paper; they can be laid down, stood up, turned 90 degrees and used horizontally or vertically.

This multiple-sized shelf design called the Quad Bookcase can store your CDs, DVDs and books all in one clever product. For even more storage space, units can be joined together. Asymmetry in perfect balance!

Da-Eun Song designed this shelf that spells out “shelf.” It has an very original and modern design. You can’t store too much stuff on this shelf, but it is a great way to decorate a wall; put inside only the books and objects you really like.

This design might look cool, but I don’t think you could stay too relaxed in that space, I’d rather sit in a comfortable chair. The Shelves with a Bench was designed by Stanislav Katz, a designer from Latvia.

As you can see from this picture, a whole wall was used for this interesting bookcase. The result is a very interesting bookcase, at least from my perspective.

Storyline Bookshelf

Storyline Shelf, designed byFrederik Roijé, is an excellent solution for storing your books in a modern way. Sound finds a physical identity in this beautifully crafted bookshelf. By first processing a word into sound waves, the physical shape is then mirrored in powder-coated steel. Appropriately enough, the word that inspired this lovely piece was “bliss.”

Designed by Doris Kisskalt, the FlexiTube is mobile and can be used as a transparent room partition. These tubs roll around, fit into any corner and change into a sculpture of a shelf. The various elements get support through their velvety surface.

Inside each tube is a shelf for storage that serves as a visual horizontal line. The FlexiTube is available in two sizes and can be combined in any number, either lying side by side or on top of each other. Chocks will support your FlexiTube sculpture if you want to set it up without the support of a wall.

The quasi-hexagonal pattern sets apart the Opus Shelving by Sean Yoo. It’s made of “expanded polypropylene,” the same material used for car bumpers and motorcycle helmet. It is light but strong, can be used indoors or outdoors and is 100 percent recyclable. This unit wasn’t designed specifically to be used as a bookcase; we’ve also seen it used for storing wine bottles, children’s toys, CDs, DVDs and records.

The Rolling Shelf

The Rolling Shelf is made from individual pieces of wood held together by fabric on one side. This flexible hinge allows you to create some unique shelving options that are aesthetically interesting. The Rolling Shelf was designed by Catherine Greene.

Magnetique Shelf, designed by Nils Holger Moormann, consists of sheet steel and boxes made of FU (birch plywood). The steel can be mounted onto the wall horizontally or vertically. The backs of the boxes have extra-strong magnets so you can stick them anywhere on the steel that you like.

Sticklebook is an innovative design solution to book storage that creates the illusion of a line of books hanging unsupported on the wall. A space-saving alternative to a regular bookshelf, it comprises an aluminum bracket and strip that grips the cover and pages of paperback books. It’s an interesting way to store your books and will make your friends wonder how they’re attached to the wall.

This interesting shelf is called Bookworm. Designed by Ron Arad, the Bookworm shelf is made of plastic that can be shaped into any form desired. Each upright can support 20 pounds, and the shelf can be mounted in a curved design to increase capacity. It is useful for small places, where a traditional bookcase is too large.

The CAVE Bookcase is a shelving unit with an integrated nook for reading. This is ideal for small places, because the nook saves the space used by a chair. The CAVE provides a private reading space within its form, with the seat height just above the floor; it gives a feeling of hiding from others. Books can be stored on both sides of the CAVE, which does double duty as a room partition.

prove shelves storage

Prove Shelves are designed by a German company named Creosa. The shelves can be used to display your books, CDs or other items in an interesting way. The storage space is limited, but it’s enough to store the most important things.

D-mension Shelf Modern Shelfing System

Italian studio Icon Design Studio offers D-mension, a system of modular racks created by Nicola Zanetti. It is made of steel and aluminum. The units, shaped like lower-case d’s, can be arranged in a staggered, abstract or symmetrical formation based on your personal taste. This shelving system is a great example of modern furniture.

Brace Case

The Brace Case, designed by Ward Huting, is a shelving unit that uses taut cables to house books, magazines and other flat objects at various angles. The modular system enables the owner to decide how to install the cables. The Brace Case is fully customizable; it is clamped between the floor and the ceiling, and can therefore be tailor-made to any room. This might be an interesting approach to storing stuff, but it doesn’t look very stable.

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