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Trend Alert: 11 Periodical-Style Shelves for Design Book Lovers

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Trend Alert: 11 Periodical-Style Shelves for Design Book Lovers

March 22, 2017

Traditional bookshelves are just fine for holding old paperbacks. But what about artful design books and magazines too beautiful to hide in the stacks? Noticed lately: Angled shelves, inspired by library-style periodical shelves, that showcase display-worthy book covers. Here are a few of our favorite in-situ periodical shelves.

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Above: A library in a Boerum Hill townhouse by Workstead keeps oversized books within reach—and on view; see A Bespoke Parlor and Kitchen in Boerum Hill.
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Above: Art books on a freestanding shelf mirror the hanging artwork in photographer Erin Little’s home in a converted church. Photograph courtesy of Erin Little.
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Above: A Vitsoe shelving system holds books on top and wine bottles on the bottom in the London flat of architect Johanna Molineus. For more, see A Minimalist Aerie for a Worldly Architect, London Edition.
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Above: At design shop Formerly Yes in Los Angeles, books on wall-mounted periodical shelves are both inventory and decor. Photograph by Stefan Junir, courtesy of Formerly Yes.
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Above: The String Unit Bookshelf from South Africa–based shop Mezzanine is an airier wire version of traditional wood shelving systems.
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Above: Designer Franklin Salasky keeps periodicals at the ready on adjustable display shelves in his eclectic townhouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Photograph by Franklin Salasky, courtesy of Kellie Franklin.
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Above: In a Brooklyn townhouse designed by Elizabeth Roberts, angled display shelves are perched atop wall-mounted storage cabinets. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; for more on this project, check out the Remodelista book.
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Above: Extra-wide display shelves are built at desk height in an Australia home designed by Rachcoff Vella Architects. Photograph by Shannon McGrath.
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Above: A small-space (and portable) option: angled bookshelves, as seen in Book-Shop, a Remodelista favorite for all things literary. See The New Bookstore Model: Book/Shop in Oakland, California and A Tabletop Bookcase for Small Spaces.
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Above: In the Beverly Hills home of fashion photographer Steven Meisel, low, wide display shelves hold favorite design books. Photograph by Roger Davies, courtesy of Architectural Digest.
poul cadovius royal system shelving
Above: Designed in 1948 by Poul Cadovius, the Royal System Shelving System is available in oiled oak or walnut; contact Haus London for sourcing information.

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Frequently asked questions

What are periodic style shelves?

Periodic style shelves are shelving units with horizontal bars or rods that act as separators between compartments. This creates a distinctive, clean look often associated with mid-century modern decor.

What are some benefits of using periodic style shelves?

Periodic style shelves offer a unique way to display items in an organized and minimalist manner. They can also add a touch of sophistication to a room's design scheme and make a space feel more open and airy.

Can I install periodic style shelves myself?

Yes, periodic style shelves can be installed by the homeowner with basic tools and some patience. However, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional if you're unsure about the installation process or have any reservations about doing it yourself.

What should I consider before installing periodic style shelves?

Before installing periodic style shelves, consider the weight of the items you'll be placing on them. It's important to make sure that the shelving unit is sturdy enough to support the weight without sagging or pulling away from the wall. You should also consider the size and layout of the space where you want to install them, and how the shelves will fit into the overall design scheme of the room.

What are some creative ways to style periodic style shelves?

Periodic style shelves can be styled in a variety of ways. Some ideas include using them to display books, plants, ceramics, or other decorative objects. You could also use them in a pantry or kitchen to organize spices, jars, and other culinary necessities. The possibilities are endless!

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