But I’m also a bookworm and so have been tempted by a couple new designs that are making us book lovers and design geeks salivate. I’d be hard pressed to pick which of the two I like better of the Bibliochaise and the Bookshelf Cave, which are innovative integrations of chairs and bookshelves.
The Bibliochaise is an arm chair turned bookshelf and I love its aesthetic. Having all one’s book within reach while sitting and reading would be excellent for scholars who enjoy comfort. I’m in the process of cutting down my physical book collection to some essentials, so a setup like this would hold all my books nicely and look beautiful while doing so.
The Petri Project has a compelling little article on The Cave that explores the experience of being “simultaneously sheltered and engaged.” I found the concept as interesting as the design itself, in part because I’m fascinated by the tearing down of the wall between the private and public spheres and introducing intimacy into the latter. I imagine the cave in a cafe and having the nook disarming us in public.
Her goal was to make a piece of furniture that replicated the experience of dining al fresco on a busy sidewalk—a pastime, Ms. Adachi said, that makes someone feel simultaneously sheltered and engaged.
– “Curling Up With a Bookshelf“
Which do you prefer? Is there a seating and bookshelf hybrid that I’ve missed?