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Posted December 9, 2009
creative ways to display books in homes and offices
An author of books on gardens and former editor, Geddes-Brown has always had books as a part of her professional and personal life. Traveling widely throughout Europe, she finds how others who have had such professional and personal involvements with and attachments to books make them visible and accessible in varied traditional and imaginative ways so they are both a personal statement and ready resource.
Interior designers, architects, antiques dealers, collectors, and others present diverse, sometimes idiosyncratic, but always functional and artful resolutions for holding their large collections. Bookshelves of different scales, shapes, and materials making the foundation of most of these are integrated into the use and decor of particular rooms. In some cases, entire walls are filled with books in bookcases, making an impressive array, but also serving as a design solution for a part of the room (in place of wallpaper for instance or of framed art). In other cases, a bookcase goes around a piece of furniture such as a chair or desk. A bookcase can also serve as a showcase for objets d'art and other virtu. Especially large book collections can be accommodated by bookcases along stairways or in hallways.
One whimsical collection in a bookcase higher than two floors in a loft-like room has its owner (a designer) using a bosun's chair and pulley fastened to the main upper beam as a way to get to all of the books. Another unusual bookcase is tilted so it has a diamond shape instead of the usual rectangle making it and its books look like a work of modern art. Varying the lengths and heights of the sections of a bookcase is an easy way to make different geometrical patterns while still keeping a bookcase functional. Or books can even be stacked in spots on the floor or on a table as a statue or vase might otherwise fill such a spot.
From ultramodern design of aluminum and plastic to antique bookcases and ones antiqued to hold old handsome leatherbound volumes, Geddes-Brown takes one through a variety of ideas for book people looking to do something special for their books, interior designers, and the like. Ones with any type of book collection will find appropriate ideas for keeping and displaying books.
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