alt bookcases: stacks on stands


Ellen Silverman

Although I have a big built-in bookcase, there always seems to be books floating around my apartment; either there’s no room (because books – like food -are the purchases I make weekly), or they are books I am currently using.  They need a place and a way to be that isn’t a mess, but is accessible and nice looking. My solution is to stack them on “stands” that I’ve found on the street, and that are to me, pleasingly elemental, like the three above.

I found the solid wood block outside of a store in Soho that was going out of business (I imagine it had been part of a display).  The chunk of black pipe came from a construction site.  Since I have a thing for rusted metal, I hauled home the two 3-sided boxes I found outside a house that was being renovated.

In my foyer where my horizontal bookcase is, I use the wood block to make a growing vertical stack.


Ellen Silverman

The floor itself is a fine place to stack books.  For the bottom book, which might get dusty sitting on the floor, use a book that you don’t care about: last year’s phone book or a catalog, with the binding turned to the wall if it’s really readible.


via Design Sponge

4 Responses to alt bookcases: stacks on stands

  1. namemaria robledo 05.29.2009 at 6:59pm #

    Ways of storing horizontal?
    i like to get to my books w/o too much trouble.

  2. admin 07.13.2009 at 9:56am #

    namemaria, horizontal book shelves will be coming soon!

  3. Liliana 06.23.2010 at 3:48pm #

    Books are art objects by themselves, and when used as building blocks, there is nothing more beautiful or comforting.

    No other furniture needed.

  4. Francesca Fuller 10.09.2013 at 10:11pm #

    I LOVE this, my partner is always getting upset with me because I have a ton of books piled up everywhere, what can I say I LOVE my books. When I’m really old they will be our companions, no matter what. Most of mine are art books so sometimes he find good thought to say, as he’s trolling thru them.


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