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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I Can't Stop Drooling Over This

Posted by on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM


Jacket Copy has the full photo of the Wisdom Tree, a conceptual bookshelf that will be on display at this month's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. I haven't lusted after a bookshelf this bad since I first learned about the existence of Ballard Bookcase Company.


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treacle 29
Pretty! but a serious dust collector.
Posted by treacle on May 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Greg 28
My fantasy bookcase would be a tossup between the amazing staircase and floor to ceiling glass-fronted bookshelves of King Ludwig's study in the Munich Residenz.
Posted by Greg on May 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Oof. What would Henry Petroski think? (P.S.: When will Henry Petroski be in town again? I'm a fan.)
Posted by Amelia on May 6, 2009 at 12:29 AM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 25
@21 yes. I know the Kerf. The Kerf is good. And they go well beyond bookshelves.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on May 5, 2009 at 10:52 PM · Report this
Parsnip 24
I ordinarily agree with your taste in books and comics, but this shelf is tacky, tacky, tacky to me. Impractical, insistently loud... lemme see, alliterate this shit... uh... ich. It's just not for me.
Posted by Parsnip on May 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM · Report this
yucca flower 23
These are cool.
Posted by yucca flower on May 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM · Report this
Love Smoked Salmon 22
nothing will ever beat the Tetris bookcase...
Posted by Love Smoked Salmon on May 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Fnarf 21
If you want sexy bookshelves that actually hold books, go custom-made right here in Seattle:
Posted by Fnarf on May 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM · Report this
The good folks at Ballard Bookcase are closing up shop. Or so they said in a letter I got about a month ago. When I went by to pick up a CD shelf, they told me that after 30 years, they were ready to do something else.
Posted by i'm a lime on May 5, 2009 at 5:21 PM · Report this
olytomato 19
This one won my heart:…
staircase + books = happy space
Posted by olytomato on May 5, 2009 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Dougsf 18
That thing is awful. Not only do I dislike its overall form (the lines don't really go anywhere, and the branches that hold the books in place seem like a weak afterthought), it's off the charts on the "Dad with a beard from My Two Dads would put this thing next to a purple couch that looks like a '57 Chevy" scale.
Posted by Dougsf on May 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM · Report this
michael strangeways 17
Paul desperately needs a date if he's lusting after this piece of furniture...
Posted by michael strangeways on May 5, 2009 at 4:37 PM · Report this
elenchos 16
Pretty much can forget about ever childproofing that sucker, huh?
Posted by elenchos on May 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM · Report this
eclexia 15
This solves the problem of people not having much stuff anymore. At least, not enough to broadcast their trendy beliefs and values to visitors.

It used to be that every pretentious git had a bookcase to show off to guests. Then the books were replaced by CDs. Then DVDs. Now with Netflix and streaming downloads, what's left to show off? Empty shelves.

This lets you replace the empty shelves with white space. Just enough room for a few books or DVDs. Instead, show off your pretentiousness with your taste in furniture.
Posted by eclexia on May 5, 2009 at 4:26 PM · Report this
jackie treehorn 14
It's a trap. I saw it in Beetlejuice once.
Posted by jackie treehorn on May 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 12
I'm holding out for a sapien bookcase.…
Posted by keshmeshi on May 5, 2009 at 4:23 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
fugly. art must be flat if it is not utilitarian.

that's just the way it is.
Posted by Max Solomon on May 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM · Report this
That has to be the most impractical piece of furniture I've ever seen.
Posted by Dave M on May 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Wow, self-absorbed AND terrible taste.

Paul Constant-ly annoying is the Perfect slog poster!
Posted by Max J on May 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM · Report this
I like Ballard Bookcase well enough, but nothing compares to product 57th St. Bookcases in Chicago. I'm still kicking myself for not carrying my two bookcases out here in my backpack.…
Posted by Apocalypse Tom on May 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Josh Bomb 5
It looks like a magical pony/unicorn/centaur !
Posted by Josh Bomb on May 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Eric F 4
That ain't conceptual, but it sure is sculptural.
My fantasy bookcase is The Carlton, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis.
Posted by Eric F on May 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM · Report this
Looks like a lot of space for not a lot of books. My problems with book shelves is always that I don't have enough space for all the books I read (two~three a week).
Posted by andrew on May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Looks like a lot of space for not a lot of books. My problems with book shelves is always that I don't have enough space for all the books I read (two~three a week).
Posted by andrew on May 5, 2009 at 3:59 PM · Report this

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