Written by Anna

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“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~ Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, 7 August 1991

Once a month I drive my bookish self to book club – a night with good friends, good wine and of course good books. Yes I love to read and do so voraciously. I have many books and some of them I would count as my most favourite possessions. Yet how to store and display all of these treasure can become a bit of a quandary for contemporary living. With this in mind, I have spent some time scouring the web for beautiful bookshelf inspiration. Presented below in images are twenty of the most inspiring bookshelf finds.

Some of these shelves are easily accessible and very affordable. Like the simple, yet completely stunning Conceal Book Shelf which retails for just $39.95. Others reach up into the thousands of dollars. There are some here that you could take inspiration and build into your own home like DIY Loft project. Others like the exhibition called the The Archive Series blur the lines between art and design and just make you sit back and say wow.

For more inspiration on exquisite bookshelves I recommend this beautiful looking hardcover book  Bookshelf by Alex Johnson. It showcases over 200 inventive and experimental book shelving designs in more than 400 colour illustrations.

The Weekend Notebook: Bookshelf Inspiration - 20 Inspirational Finds

  1. Karton The Barnyard Method – Ram $72.00 from Karton
  2. Library Unit with Ladder $3,500.00 from One Rundle Trading Co.
  3. Puckman Bookcase by Studio Ginepro Design 
  4. Hemnes Bookcase, black-brown $299.00 from Ikea
  5. Atelier Bookshelf 6  $1,191.60 from Vavoom Emporium
  6. Bookcase Multi Tier – Black $99.00 from Milan Direct
  7. Conceal Book Shelf $39.95 from Mr Sparrow
  8. ‘Bold’ Wide Bookcase $1,519.00 from Life Interiors
  9. The Archive Series by David Garcia Studio 
  10. T.SHELF (Triangular shelf) by J1 Studio
  11. Ikea Xpedit Shelving unit, high-gloss red $249.00 from Ikea
  12.  Logan Bookshelf $2,486.00 from Interiors Online
  13. Original Sean Dix Design Single Bookshelf $595.00 from Matt Blanc
  14. Cell Shelf by Unto This Lastb
  15. TEEbooks Wall Shelf by TEEooks
  16. Kartell bookworm 5m black $915.00 from Top 3 By Design
  17. Extended Cab by Sloom & Slordig
  18. Bride&Wolfe circle shelf $400.00 from Bride&Wolf
  19. Orient Bookshelf $1150 from Matt Blatt
  20. Store Your Books in the Rafters via Apartment Therapy

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