Bookshelves are often boring things, just simple stacks of wood or glass that hold items (such as books) in an upright position for display. But what if they could be dazzling pieces of artwork that not only hold your books, but make your living space more interesting or even beautiful? How about some of these:
The Fairy Tale Shelf looks plain enough, just a simple rectangle on your wall when a book is placed on top. But when you remove the book, a gorgeous butterfly image appears on your wall. The shelf is cut in such a way that once light hits it (when the book is removed), it casts a shadow on your wall in the shape of a butterfly. Creative and pretty at the same time!
The upside down bookshelf is actually something you can make on your own. It only requires a simple piece of wood, brackets, stretchy wide fabric elastic and a few other items to create something that looks impossible. (The books are actually held on by long pieces of the fabric elastic hidden inside the book covers. All of the instructions are available on the website here.
A honeycomb bookshelf, designed by Sean Yoo, makes use of nature’s own designs. You can stack these shelves to create a larger storage area and books can be taken out on either side, so this would make a great room partition for a smaller apartment.
You can see many more great designs for bookshelves on the site Incredible Things right here. You might be inspired to try out something new for your home. Any of them would certainly spark conversation!