Alter Your Home Office with a Diagonal Bookshelf

Alter Your Home Office with a Diagonal Bookshelf

Mike Tyson
Aug 20, 2010

Do you ever find yourself growing tired of your mundane home office furniture? Well maybe all you need to do is change one element in your space in order to achieve a vastly unique perspective. Leave it to architects to develop just the solution. Berlin based nonprofit Program created a unique bookshelf structure that unites form and function.

Bookends are now the way of the past. This custom bookshelf has the ability to keep anything from toppling over since they rest at a slope. More notably, the form does an excellent job at energizing the space and keeping things interesting; and a full wall bookshelf always get our organizing-eyes to ogle. We imagine replicating this look wouldn't be too difficult if you have moderate construction ability (as well as the space and tools to make it.) Using some ¾" plywood it would be possible to take a simple plan of a bookshelf and cut all edges at the same angle. We would recommend doing a small-scale mock-up before going hog wild trying to fill your entire room with slopping bookshelves only to realize the angle is too severe or too subtle.

Designers have also tried their hand at making slanted bookshelves as well. We've already told you about design studio ADDI's Billy's Brother but other designers such as Ron Arad and his Bookworm bookshelf (seen on left) as well as Smånsk's Skew bookshelf (seen right) have been re-envisioning the way we approach the archetypal bookshelf.

Clearly the disorienting effect won't be for everyone — but for the daring few who are looking for a way to personalize their space and create something truly unique, this might just be for you!

(Top image: Flickr member Marc Phu licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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