Unusual Home Libraries (page 2)

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These unusual bookcases seem to be dancing, swaying to music. Mesmerizing and very odd. But the shelves are mostly horizontal and do not seem to be damaging books in any way. Inefficient, perhaps, but fascinating.

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These shelves, constructed in the shape of the United States, are unsettling. The states each appear to have mirrors inside and the books are haphazardly smashed in – particularly in Texas. And the more northern states may be too high to reach. Not so good.

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A ring of books. There are dividers spaced inside the ring, both to hold it together and to prevent a total collapse of many books if one is removed from the sides, and there are feet on the whole structure, to prevent it from rolling across your foot as you attempt to remove a book. Perhaps it's not dangerous and does not damage books terribly (although it might be hard to pull some of them out at the sides), but that's hardly a ringing endorsement for a bookcase. An interesting idea, but a very inefficient use of space.

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Living with Books; Powers

These small bookshelves are tucked into what would otherwise be unused space, in the walls of a stairwell. Adequate lighting is crucial to this unusual arrangement.

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Living with Books; Powers

There is something mysteriously appealing about this arrangement, even though it looks disorganized, probably dirty, damaging to books and likely even dangerous to people. It cannot be easy to find books in this system, let alone retrieve those on the bottom of the piles. But any compulsive book hunter can sympathize with the owner of these books – clearly he or she has simply run out of conventional shelving room. Please build more shelves!

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Living with Books; Powers

Again, I am mysteriously attracted to this room. My mind shrinks from the thought of one or more of the books pictured being accidentally dropped into a tub filled with water, as well as the inevitable dampness that must accompany long, hot baths. But still, there is something luxurious-looking about all the bottles of pampering soaps and perfumes, the gilded claw feet of the tub and the worn, comfortable leather chair. Perhaps it is the obvious eccentricity of the stuffed bird collection and the displayed bibliomania of someone who must have books – lots of them – in every room. Strangely charming.