miriam aust: a book shelf that gives your volumes presence
miriam aust: a book shelf that gives your volumes presence miriam aust: a book shelf that gives your volumes presence
nov 01, 2010

miriam aust: a book shelf that gives your volumes presence

miriam aust: a book shelf that gives your volumes presence




in almost every household, one can find old books, placed on a shelf like trophies, sometimes never touched or read again. german designer miriam aust offers ‘a book shelf’, a shelving system that offers these books a new presence and function within the home.

books are slid into grooves in the shelf frames, forming hinged storage spaces





an arbitrary number of shelf boxes of different dimensions, form the base of the shelves. each crate is oriented in height and depth, based on a pair of books, creating an individual frame around them. the books are slid into grooves within the frame, thus forming small hinged storage spaces within. for the construction of such a customized type of shelf, a program has been created which allows one to choose the books from their collection for the individual units, arranging the boxes and drawing up plans for construction.

the shelves on display at interieur 2010 in kortrijk, belgium image © designboom


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storage space detail image © designboom


hinging book covers images © designboom




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  • Like it, like it, I like it!
    Books could get a bit worn out being used as cupboard doors, but it is a fun and creative construction.

    Leslie Wilson-Rutterford says:
  • I’d be a little sensitive about my old books, but, yes, this is a fantastic way of having them while creating something different, unique and beautiful! Great idea!

    Vania Pinto says:

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