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This is a list of "cool" bookshelves.

Great! Except, er, I like books. Which means they are pretty much all (apart from the stairs, which are awesome) things I would never even consider having because they would either damage the books or just no hold enough. It pretty much sums up what I don't like about modern design: it's mostly impractical. I want my bookshelves to hold as many books safely as possible.

Like the Alessi lemon squeezer, they're for people who place style above practicality.

Date: 2009-04-11 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I like the extreme sublimation of form to function and vice versa.

The middle ground isn't nearly as appealing.

Date: 2009-04-11 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Form follows function is what I'm all about. But then you know about my passionate love for the Arts and Crafts movement and Modernism..

Date: 2009-04-11 07:41 pm (UTC)
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i like 13, and 15, although i wouldn't fill it with rainbow coloured books.

But yeah, i like mine to hold as many as possible too. I like the style of ikea's maarkor (sp?) but don't like that you can't buy extra shelves for them, so you get a lot of wasted space.

Date: 2009-04-11 07:45 pm (UTC)
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No, see, the point of 15 is to organise your books by colour! Because that's SO COOL!!1! People who do that just make me wonder whether they bought the books just for decoration, and if that's the case I'd quite like to find them and rescue the poor books from their illiterate owners..

Date: 2009-04-11 07:59 pm (UTC)
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ahh, i guess i'm a luddite then - i organise mine by series and author, not by colour :)

Date: 2009-04-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
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I would organise mine by broad subject then author (alphabetical) then probably series by publication date, but I would have to organise the best part of a thousand books and I really, really can't be arsed. ;) At the moment I at least try to keep books by a single author together, but I'm fighting a losing battle.

Date: 2009-04-11 08:18 pm (UTC)
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oohyah, yeah, i'd imagine keeping that many would be difficult. I think i've only got a few hundred.

You need a big house with a dedicated library room or three :)

Date: 2009-04-12 08:47 am (UTC)
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Okay, here is the problem: we have a big house with a room more or less dedicated to books. We have bookcases in most rooms (not the bathroom, for that would damage books!) and pretty much have nowhere left to put bookcases. Bookcases are, in the places they can be, double stacked full of books.

We have, however, run out of space for books.

(Those stacks are considerably higher than when I took the photo two years ago).

When I eventually move out (ha!) it'll probably be into rented accomodation with not enough room for books. Far into the future I see a house with ridiculous number of bookshelves. I look forward to it.

Date: 2009-04-12 08:54 am (UTC)
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jings, that's a lot of books! I'm impressed and in awe :)

When i get to work on tuesday, i'll upload a pic of the new library in the school I'm working on just now, it's rather impressive.

Date: 2009-04-12 09:09 am (UTC)
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The books there are almost entirely Mum and Dad's, although there are no doubt some of mine creeping in.. We're a booky family, to say the least.

I like libraries! My old school library was pretty good, despite being tiny.

Date: 2009-04-12 09:28 am (UTC)
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ok, i got bored of browsing so managed to get my vpn working again.

This is the front of the school, the libary is located in the red section

The view from the main door into the library.

The corner bit by the windows.

And the view out of the window. Once we've moved into the new building, which should be around June time, the old building (grotty looking thing in the foreground) will be demolished, and the new playing fields/car park will be built in it's place.

I like it as a room, it's light and airy, definately better than the low ceilinged off yellow cave that is the current library (and all those shelves for books :)
Edited Date: 2009-04-12 09:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-12 09:41 am (UTC)
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Nice! Big airy rooms full of books are great. I'm glad they're making such a large library for the school: means they expect to fill it with books and that can only be a good thing!

The library my Dad designed in Dumfries is big and airy. I love it, but we rarely go there because it's the other side of town..

Date: 2009-04-12 07:17 am (UTC)
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I do that! But I have at least read them and my bookshelves take up an entire wall.

Date: 2009-04-12 08:48 am (UTC)
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Well, okay, I'll let you off :P

Date: 2009-04-11 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I agree. Bookcases should be rendered invisible by the books that are on them.

Oh, and I'm with you on the stairs, too.

Date: 2009-04-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Books are more important than how they are displayed, to me.

What I really want are stairs like these.

Date: 2009-04-11 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Those are great. But I wonder what goes in the rest of the space under the stairs ?

Date: 2009-04-12 08:49 am (UTC)
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I like to think the same on the other side, set into the wall... Or some kind of recessed space, anyway.

Date: 2009-04-11 08:51 pm (UTC)
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There is a gold plated alessi lemon squeezer.

If you use it to squeeze lemons the gold plating erodes.

Date: 2009-04-11 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I think that is some kind of important proverb for this modern age.

Date: 2009-04-12 08:50 am (UTC)
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That doesn't surprise me in the least.

Date: 2009-04-11 10:06 pm (UTC)
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i do like the pulse and equation ones, but more likely to use them for something else rather than books, they wouldn't hold many.

That first one scares me, how are you supposed to get into the inner sides?

Date: 2009-04-11 10:14 pm (UTC)
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IKEA Billy bookshelves are fab. I have four.

Date: 2009-04-11 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Things being in colour order is the most correct way for them to be ordered.

Date: 2009-04-12 08:51 am (UTC)
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It's a pretty way, but not useful if you want to find books and have a bad memory for covers..

Date: 2009-04-11 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I love the staircase shelves. Colour-coded books also pleases me greatly, although I can see it's not entirely practical ...

Date: 2009-04-12 04:34 am (UTC)
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I order my books by taste, smell, and current position

Date: 2009-04-12 08:51 am (UTC)
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Mine are in the kind of order that happens when you unpack..

Date: 2009-04-12 11:22 am (UTC)
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I've seen the staircase bookshelf before and it looks ace! The photo makes it look really steep though so I can imagine falling down it and crashing into that door...

My bookcase is next to the window so my books get bleached with the sun. My ceilings are too low to move it anywhere else though :(

Date: 2009-04-12 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Bookcases? What's wrong with ginormous stacks?

Date: 2009-04-12 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I seem to remember a time when you went back to your flat to find your enormous stacks of books had fallen over..

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