People are buying and keeping fewer books these days; as Bonnie noted last year, even IKEA has redesigned its Billy Bookcases to carry tchotchkes instead of Chomsky, as Gizmodo put it. The books that people do put on shelves tend to be keepers and the bookshelves tend to be objects of desire on on their own. Alex Johnson wrote in his book The Bookshelf:
With fewer books to be housed, perhaps readers will look for more exciting ways of storing their home libraries in a mere shelf, with the bookcase becoming closer to a trophy cabinet.
Bookworm is the sculptural answer to a commission to design and produce an organic bookcase. Due to the curved shape, the case also offers a place to sit and relax.
The self-supporting shape consists of three parts, which are assembled on site and kept upright by a stainless steel foot in the sidewall. Bending thin layers of MDF and plywood across custom-made molds creates the curved shape. The outsides of the walls are spray-painted in colour, whilst the insides are fresh in white. A light bulb dangling from the top of the worm gives light to the reader’s eyes.
It does integrate everything you need, from a place to sit to a light to read by. Quite the trophy case. More at Atelier 10