sellex ZUMM

by encompassco. not sure how it's attached or keeps from sagging, but it's lovely to look at.
from the company's site:

"Flexible modular shelving system in natural or coffee finish anodised aluminium, suitable for contract and domestic purposes.
Available in unlimited heights and lengths, with or without sliding doors.
Also in cupboard and wall mounted cabinet formats."


more midcentury

the following images are from "mit buchern wohnen" (living with books) by karl baur, published in germany in the mid-1950's.
many, many great images of book storage ideas. these are a few of the wire-iest.

many possible bracketing solutions in a very nice illustration.
the book abounds in wonderful line drawings.


albers & breuer

an early joseph albers case. wonderful solution for maximum stabilty with minimum of materials. i do wish the shelves were longer (and all the same finish), but who am i to tell albers how to do his job? ameico are currently offering a made to order edition of this case.

albers' own apartment at the bauhaus. click all these older black and white images for the larger ones. these are nice cases, and it's worth examining the details. this looks similar to a case currently made by ikea, but note the better proportioning, the better shelf spacing, thinner (more elegant) shelves, and the helpful back supports of the breuer cases. also, the great ground clearance. it holds a clean block of books in the air.

the ikea version.

these next three are marcel breuer. i've tried for a long time to figure this system out. it appears to be ceiling suspended, with the vertical rods being attached to the ceiling in a way that is hidden by a dropped soffit. if anyone knows anything about this system, please let me know.

note: when using rail-and-bracket shelving, always go floor to ceiling with the rails.


not williams

montel is (as far as I can tell) a canadian office and library furniture/storage manufacturer. the "smartshelf" system is very flexible and pretty inexpensive. plain enough to go anywhere if you give it some space.

this library-style shelf unit is adjustable and also by montel. if i'm not reading their pricing wrong it's under $300.

usm swiss modular furniture

you may have seen this in the new 3 volume "phaidon design classics". designed in the 1960's by architect fritz haller and good-looking ever since, usm is in the high end of modular furniture, but it's very flexible and durable. I've done a lot of work with usm, and I have yet to find a sytem that can do so much, so simply.

bookends, file cases, ladders

looking at library supply sites, I came across some great home library accessories. library furniture is some of my favorite.




clip-on bookends in plastic. love the palette.



more clip-on bookends

simple stepstools are hard to find. these are from Vernon Library Supplies.

a nice way to keep a book inventory. mini card catalog. also a straightforward little rolodex.