The Argington Eiffel Book Case has everything we like in a storage unit: a display area in the center, various oriented/sized storage spaces, and a modern, but warm aesthetic thanks to four different choices in finishes (White, Birch, Walnut, and Red Maple). At $630, it's neither in the "affordable" category nor necessarily in the expensive, considering its large size. But it's also very flexible in usability, whether it's used as a children's storage unit or an adult's piece. We did note that a reader on AT had some criticisms about the piece though...
I have been not been happy with our Argington Eiffel. Some of the planks were slightly shorter or longer than others -- not grossly off, but just enough to notice certain shelves and edges don't quite meet up. And there are a lot of imperfections in the wood that were "masked" by the stain. Beyond that, the bookshelf has been off-gassing for months. I was told there are no toxins, but I'm still suspicious. It used to smell up the whole room. Now it's not as bad but anything that I put inside the cabinets gets infused with the smell of the furniture. For what I paid, I expected better quality.
posted by bhu4 on Ohdeedoh
The Argington Eiffel book case is described as "made from durable baltic birch with a clear, non-yellowing, non toxic finish", so we're not sure what is producing such a stink. Perhaps an adhesive?