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Like an upmarket catalogue of the world's nicest bookshelves,
This review is from: Bookshelf (Hardcover)As the title suggests, this is a book about...bookshelves. No more, no less. It presents photographs of many bookshelves, both bespoke and commercially available (with manufacturer details). If you are interested in interior design and looking for bookshelf inspiration, you will find it here. It's a bit like a very upmarket, gorgeous hardback catalogue. Many of the bookshelves are not terribly functional if you are looking for suggestions to store large numbers of books, but they invariably make up for this by being real talking points in your home. My favourite was a circular hub that had a padded seat inside where children could sit, with shelving on the outside for the books. I want an adult sized version.
This is an interesting book to look through, but I didn't like it as much as Books Make a Home: Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books, another book that focuses on book storage. The reason for me is that the latter shows bookshelves in situ, surrounded by furniture, in real homes. Whereas in Bookshelf, virtually everything is shown in isolation on a stark white background. It's very specific. Nice for a browse, but less inspiring (at least to me).