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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Above: The String Unit Bookshelf from South Africa–based shop Mezzanine is an airier wire version of traditional wood shelving systems. 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. 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. Above: Extra-wide display shelves are built at desk height in an Australia home designed by Rachcoff Vella Architects. Photograph by Shannon McGrath. 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. 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. 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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