For the past couple of weeks, I've been dealing with Middlemarch, taxes, and the fact that
But this site is called "50 Books" and not "50 Pathetic Whinge-fests", so for you I'll pull up my socks, unbunch my underpants, straighten out my girdle, and soldier on. (Soldiers do wear girdles, right?)
Sometimes, when things get a bit overwhelming and I'm not sure I can see the end in sight, I go into our
Also in the "Whuh?" department, these Ready Made bookshelves kind of baffled me at first. According to the product description:
A filled bookcase is the ultimate reflection of the identity of the owner. Pre-filled with important literary works that together proffer high cultural status, the books in the Ready Made shelf, with spines that swing up when pushed, reveal what you really read.Uh-huuuuuh.
The more I thought about this design, though, the more I dug it. I mean, I wouldn't want it in my home or anything, but it seems like a witty F-U to designers and individuals who use books as aesthetic objects or mere tokens of cachet. And I'm all about the witty F-U. It's also funny to me that this bookcase was conceptualized by NEXT Architects and manufactured by Droog Design, both of which are based in the Netherlands, which is also -- coincidence? -- home to legalized pot.
A week or so ago, Lisa posted a comment pointing us toward a new shelving concept from the Canadian home accessories design house Umbra. Called "Conceal", this shelving system was designed to be totally invisible, making your stacks of books look as if they're floating in the middle of your wall.
"Magic!" you say. Why, not at all. The back cover of the bottom book slides under a powder-coated steel shelf and is held in place by a tiny metal tab, as pictured to the right. Then you simply stack more books on top.
"Conceal" was designed last year by Miron Lior, an undergrad at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, as part of a student design competition sponsored by Umbra. I'm not sure I like the idea of storing my own books this way, though it might be nifty with smaller collections, i.e. the coffee table books currently housed on the back of my toilet. But you keep on keepin' on, Miron!
And Rusty sent me this link, bless his soul. If, like me, you've ever had a hankering to build a secret tunnel or room in your house and hide the entrance behind a false bookcase, look no further than Hidden Passageway. (Don't feel bad. I thought it was the name of a porn site at first, too.)
Pull a favorite book from your library shelf and watch a cabinet section recess to reveal a hidden passageway.Go to the "Videos" section and noodle around for a bit. Man, it's even better than porn. And possibly even better than America's Next Top Model.