In this garage-turned-family-gathering-spot in Santa Monica, a ten-foot plywood door set on a caster and hinge swings open to fit in front of a bookshelf. Simple and functional, the shelving offers plenty of storage for the home's resident: “I needed lots of shelving for books and records, since I have a quasi-pathological impulse to collect those two things.”
A “tiny but mighty” structure on Vashon Island, Washington, packs a wealth of uses into a compact 440-square-foot space. The Corian bookshelf features an outlet in a converted book, a detail that brings delight to a mundane task. “We wanted to make the experience of plugging in a phone or computer joyful,” Grizzle says.
This family in Athens, Greece, converted wasted space on a landing into a utiliarian home office with the help of built-in shelving and bookcases fronted in vertical strips of oak.
In this small, transformable apartment in Tokyo, Japan, a hole in the sliding wall fits over a ten-person dining table, enabling it to be used in both the library and the meeting room. A movable wall clad in wainscoting on one side slides along tracks in the dining-room ceiling, dividing the room into a meeting space and a library.
Bookshelves add extra utility to the undulating staircase in Tokyo's 921-square-foot Coil house. The space was designed by architect Akihisa Hirata for Sakura and Ryo Sugiura, a young couple with two children.
A home built by an architect for an artist in the San Juan Islands is specifically tailored to the resident. “It’s only what I need and no more,” he says. A wall of custom bookshelves stretches the length of the living area.
An architect couple carved out a workroom and library of their rambling Barcelona villa by installing freestanding shelving at an angle on top of irregularly placed tilework on the floor (it follows the trajectory of the sun’s rays as it travels across the room).
Architect Tamira Sawatzky used Ikea components—one-inch Lagan butcher block countertops and inexpensive Ekby Lerberg brackets—when designing the bookshelves along the living room wall in the home/studio he designed for himself and his wife in Toronto.