Bookcases don't have to be boring. After you see these 10 designs, you may never be satisfied with plain old, run-of-the-mill bookcases ever again. Sorry about that.
Above: Russian architect Andrei Saltykov created this USA bookshelf for his London home. “I thought about doing Britain or Russia,” he said, “but there weren’t so many sections, and the United States has lots of straight-lined divisions—great for holding books.” You can read more about the project (and maybe get inspired to make one of your own?) at Dwell.
The SCALA bookcase by Faktura may not be quite as educational, but it's still quite lovely — and is available to purchase for $1,400, no DIYing required.
This beauty is the Gerald Bookcase, available from Made Goods.
This installation by Merge Architects (via Custom Home Online) balances books on a collection of thousands of wooden dowels fitted into a pegboard-like frame. (A bit like the designy, grown-up version of one of these toys.) Obviously not available to purchase off the shelf, but it could inspire a pretty impressive DIY. Send us pics!
The 'Flying Shelf' by Das Kleine b mounts on brackets that make it appear to float away from the wall. Available from selekkt, starting at € 99.00.
The Tip-Turned bookcase from Anthropologie ($1,198) allows you to showcase all your favorite volumes at unusual angles.
This the Latten shelving system by Antoni Pallejà Office. It's a bookshelf made from chairs, because why not?
This is the Severin bookcase, by designer Alex Derouvray. It's available in a variety of finishes, starting at 950,00 €.
The Climb Hyde shelving system by Bashko Trybek, $860 at Matter.
And finally, the Reedy Bookcase by Autoban, $3,565 from Matter.