When we first saw the Sapien vertical book shelf, we were smitten. What a great idea: an impermanent shelf that stacks books vertically, making use of odd spaces. We bought one, well, er, a less expensive knockoff. Once we actually stacked it with books, we realized how problematic it actually was; it was too heavy to move. We solved that by finding a set of wheels that fits it perfectly.
We still didn’t love that way it looked: a busy tower of book titles, distracting to our minimalist slightly ADD eye. Then we saw THIS solution to that problem: face the books’ spines inward to make a nice stack of neutrally-colored paper. Couple it with added wheel-set so that you can move the tower and read the title if we’ve forgotten which book it is, the idea works for us. Although we can understand nixing it for being a bit impractical, we like it because it’s visually surprising as well.
What do you think?
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