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!