Guest Picks: Contemporary Bookcases and Shelving
Store favorite novels in style on bookshelves that veer from the traditional plot
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I have a constant battle with the number of books in my house, so I am always on the lookout for more bookcases and shelving. Thankfully there are some gorgeous contemporary options out there, many of which add style and artistic qualities, as well as practical storage solutions. Here are some of my favorites. — Rachel from Fresh Design Blog
For those times when you just need a small amount of space to house a book, these mini picture frame–style shelves are great.
I love the honeycomb effect of this bookcase. Multiple pieces can be put together to create bigger shelving.
Appropriately named, the Bookworm shelf provides a wonderful fluid look on a wall.
This design classic provides stylish shelving for books on both open shelves and in cupboards. I love the colors and the Lego-esque effects.
This lovely contemporary bookcase could also double as a room divider. The open shelves are livened up with angular points.
There are times when you don't want your books on display, so this bookcase with a sliding panel door is ideal.
I love the Penguin Donkey! It's a great piece of furniture design in its own right, but it's also a fully functional book shelf with several compartments and shelves.
This is a very clever design. At first glance you can be forgiven for wondering how on earth you're going to get books stacked on here, but once you start putting them on, they fit very well between the spaces provided. It's a bit like a giant bookcase puzzle!
What sets this modular shelving unit apart is its glossy finish and curved design.
This is a sleek and simple bookcase for rooms in which space is limited. It can be customized, so you can move the shelves around as you wish.
This designer Book Porcupine is a compact way of storing books in a fun and funky way.
A huge wall of bookcase space? Yes, please! This furniture design is modular, so it can take up as much of the wall as you wish.
This sleek and stylish shelf unit is perfect for use in a contemporary home. There's just enough space to add favorite books and other decorative accessories. It would be ideal for a living room.
This unusual leaning bookcase is designed for the books you want to showcase.
This bookcase is full of the charms of the industrial chic style. There's plenty of room on the shelves for a good level of book storage.
This horizontal bookcase is great for use in a bedroom.
I love the idea of floating bookshelves, and these bark ones have a nice natural feel to them.
These are well-designed and gorgeous rounded shelves. They probably won't hold a huge amount of books, but I love the smooth lines of this piece of furniture.
Ideabook updated on Nov. 14, 2012.
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