Magic bookcase makes itself in neat stop-motion video

I don't know about you, but sometimes I daydream that I have the power to move stuff or make wonderful things with my mind alone—because I can't be bothered to move from my sofa, really. Superlazyass-Man. That would be my superhero name. Or Mary Poppins. And my superpower will look just like this video. » 8/27/14 9:50am 8/27/14 9:50am

Parents Who Own Bookshelves Raise Kids Who Do Better in School

By conventional wisdom, the things we own don’t define us—no matter how much we hope they will. But according to science, there are some reliable correlations between who we are and what we own. » 6/13/13 12:10pm 6/13/13 12:10pm

This Dream House Was Entirely Built Around a Giant Three-Story-High…

I love this house, built in Rotterdam by Dutch architectural firm Shift. What a wonderful and perfectly executed idea: to build an entire four-story-high house around a gigantic bookshelf that goes across all floors. It really looks beautiful—and useful too. » 11/09/12 2:30pm 11/09/12 2:30pm

Well, That's One Way to Clear Your Unread Pile of Books

Prefer your life to be symmetrical? Nico Economidis' read/unread bookshelf gives OCD-sufferers another source of frustration to contend with, as they busily ensure the read pile is at least as heavy as the unread pile. [Nico Economidis via LikeCool] » 8/15/11 5:45am 8/15/11 5:45am

A Towering Temple of Bookshelves for Books and Readers

This library in Japan is made with bookshelves. Which doesn't sound all that cool, right? A library in ordinary town, middle America has freaking bookshelves. But these bookshelves are 30 feet tall, line the walls and tower over the library. » 6/27/11 6:20pm 6/27/11 6:20pm

A Bookshelf that Rolls Up Like Ancient Parchment

I love little space-savers like this. Here's a tensioned bookcase that unfurls to give you space for your books and such. Plus it has compartments for pens and other scrolls. For writing decrees, naturally. [BoingBoing] » 6/15/11 12:40pm 6/15/11 12:40pm

An Optical Illusion Bookshelf: Are There Three or Four Shelves?

Using inspiration from the impossible fork, ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects built this optical illusion bookshelf. The shelf looks cartoony and almost invisible but that's not even the real illusion, the real mind bender is that there are what seems like 4 shelves on the left side but only 3 shelves on the right side.… » 3/02/11 3:40pm 3/02/11 3:40pm

I Wish My Books Magically Rearranged Themselves Like This

As someone who's organized a bookshelf with highly specific color coordination, I greatly appreciate this video of one that organizes itself. With a bonus banana, even! Stop motion videographers of the world, I salute your delicate blend of patience and obsessive compulsiveness. [Urlesque] » 2/24/11 2:40pm 2/24/11 2:40pm

A Typography Geek's Dream Bookshelf

The Aakkoset bookshelf from Kayiwa might not be the most efficient way to store your things, but the alphabet shelf sure would get a typographer excited. Look at how useful a well constructed 'W' can be! » 10/30/10 5:00pm 10/30/10 5:00pm

I Want to Live Inside The Bookshelf Apartment

The bookshelf stair is still one of my favorite home improvements ever, but this bookshelf apartment by Rintala Eggertsson bests it by converting your whole 6,000-book library into one intimate living space. Take the video tour. » 6/18/10 8:40am 6/18/10 8:40am

Rubber Band Stretch Shelf Is Storage That Can Kill

The problems that you might have with a Stretch Shelf start with the realization that you need storage space for something more than a couple of books. » 7/27/09 4:40pm 7/27/09 4:40pm

Pyramid Bookshelf Makes a Monument Out of Your Library

There's nothing quite like a huge bookshelf to make your home more impressive. And this gigantic, modular pyramid bookshelf is totally badass. » 4/10/09 3:40pm 4/10/09 3:40pm

Sex Bookshelf Perfect For Novels, Pictures of Obama

Designer Arun Kumar Francis had one thing on his mind when creating this "Sexy" bookshelf. And, apparently, it involved an erotic fantasy about our President. Thankfully, this design is only a concept. [Coroflot via TDB] » 3/18/09 2:40pm 3/18/09 2:40pm

Reaction Bookshelf: A Human Hamster Wheel of Learning

The Reaction bookshelf doesn't actually rotate—it's more like a circular lounge. It should though—I picture a library version of The Price is Right or a human hamster wheel of knowledge. [APCI via BOTB via DVICE] » 2/18/09 4:40pm 2/18/09 4:40pm

Speaker Shelves and Storage Units Provide More Than Just Surround Sound

The concept of integrating speakers into shelving units is nothing new, but this Soundshelf design is easily the most elegant application of the idea to date. » 2/16/09 3:30pm 2/16/09 3:30pm

Expandable Bookcase Flattens, Expands, Defends You Against Medieval…

I don't know what to think about Repisa N5, a bookshelf that can be flattened against the wall and expanded selectively to place objects of any kinds. It doesn't take space, but it does. » 12/29/08 3:30pm 12/29/08 3:30pm

The REK Bookcase Grows to Accommodate Your Collection

Like the Platzhalter bookshelf I discussed yesterday, the REK features an ingenious design that is both visually interesting and practical for those who accumulate a lot of books. » 12/03/08 12:15pm 12/03/08 12:15pm

Platzhalter Bookshelf Splits To Store Extra Books

It may not be able to store an infinite amount of books, but this unique Platzhalter bookshelf can definitely help you accommodate your expanding collection by splitting into a "V" shape. » 12/02/08 12:45pm 12/02/08 12:45pm