Bookshelf by Alex Johnson (when going straight is bent)

by |March 5, 2012

I recently decided to build a small library for myself. Six weeks, and a lot of swearing later, I am still far from finished. The one thing my bookcases and the shelves featured in this new book share is few straight lines. Which would suggest that my bookcases are contemporary works of art, like the featured bookcases. But, sadly, this isn’t the case. I am just a very crap carpenter.

See below for bookporn… Yes, that’s what I said. Bookporn. It is what you’ll find booknerds reading when they think no one is looking.

Bookshelf by Alex Johnson

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

With the advent of the e-book, one might have thought the days of the bookshelf were numbered, but if the titles in your collection are a reflection of your personality, then so too is the design of your bookshelf.

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.

Click here to buy Bookshelf and indulge your bookshelf fetish

For more gorgeous pics of book shelves/cases visit The Blog on the Bookshelf or go to Beautiful bookshelves – in pictures

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About the Contributor

John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at

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