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One for the Books

2012 may not be the year to invest in a postage-stamp kiosk. Or a pay-phone company. But we can't bring ourselves to add the beloved bookshelf to this list of all-but-obsolete items. If we're totally honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the day is near when book collections have gone the way of record collections, or even--gasp--CDs (wasn't that just yesterday?).

But there's something about a bookshelf: it's useful for displaying all sorts of things other than books, and in the case of these pieces, it even falls in the category of modern home decor:

Claudio Bellini's Urban Shelving comes in a variety of colors and can be nestled together in myriad ways. Shawn Soh's fabulous tree is equal parts art and shelf, and would look terrific with family photos in its branches (get it?). Fabio Novembre created the ROBOX, a shelving unit that's exactly as tall as he is (don't you just love artists?) that can easily--ahem--stand on its own as sculpture.

Two designers who have figured out a way to turn books into art objects are Sean Yoo and Jane Dandy. Yoo's Opus Incertum frames a collection of books like honey in a comb, while Dandy goes one step further: in her piece, books are part of the art. Send her the books you want to include in your table and she'll custom fit a piece for your collection.

Which just may be our favorite--because the books are integral to the piece, they become artifacts instead of things to be picked up and read. Fitting, don't you think?







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