The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

Nancy Mitchell
Aug 1, 2017
(Image credit: Alexandra Fedorova)

Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves that are so pretty and unique that they almost steal the show from the volumes themselves. Here are nine gorgeous built-in bookcases to inspire your next renovation — or just inspire a little dreaming.

(Image credit: Roche Bobois)

Bookcases are dramatic, stairs are dramatic, and in this living room from Roche Bobois via Luxury Magazine, they both come together to make something that's bigger than the sum of its parts.

(Image credit: Hare + Klein)

Instead of being perpendicular to the wall, the uprights of this bookshelf by Hare + Klein as positioned at a slight angle, creating an intriguing peekaboo effect with the books: now you see them, now you don't.

(Image credit: Yellowtrace)

Raw plywood gives these bookcases from Yellowtrace a warm, honest look. The unfinished edges are an unexpected modern detail, and the built-in window seat/desk is a clever addition.

(Image credit: Made Go Design)

These bookcases by Made Go Design (via Archi Expo) are supported with bits of rebar — an unexpected, industrial touch that gives this wall of storage an unexpected touch of texture.