1. Alex Johnson
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  • ISBN 9780500516140
  • 18.00 x 18.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 272pp
  • 305 Illustrations, 305 in colour
  • First published 2012

Bookshelf is the first book to take the bookshelf as its subject

‘In this day of e-readers and downloads, it is refreshing to see a celebration of the real thing – books. 'Bookshelf' does so in a relevant rather than nostalgic way, taking a look at clever, beautiful and useful examples of modern shelving design’ – The Daily Telegraph

Bookshelf spread

From the conceptual ‘Read-Unread Bookshelf’ (which weighs books read against those still to be started) to the multi-function ‘Trick’ (a unit that transforms from shelf-space into a table and two chairs), Bookshelf presents over 200 inventive and experimental shelving designs in more than 300 colour illustrations.

Specification details are provided for each bookcase, including materials and documentation, and the accompanying texts by Alex Johnson, author and editor of ‘The Blog on the Bookshelf’, provide a fun and informative look at the history of the bookcase, as well as reflecting on how a new generation of designers have re-imagined a classic.

• Introduction: In Praise of the Bookshelf
• I Bookcases
• II Single Shelves
• III Bookshelf Furniture
• IV Unusual Bookcases
• V Bookcases as Art
• VI Outside the Box
• VII Restricted-size Bookshelves