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Friday, April 19, 2013

The world's most obnoxious bookcase

Kurt Wilberding for The Wall Street Journal.

20 comments:

gmjl said...

How dare you poke at Queen Martha and her boitoy/lapdog Kevin!

Raina Cox said...

gmjl - BLASPHEMER >> me.

chanda said...

one's library can tell a lot about a person; this one shrieks "i don't read!"

Madam Pince said...

As a former librarian, this offends me on every level. Not to mention it's committed by Martha Stewart's lap dog.

Mrs Robinson said...

While I agree that this is an extreme example, I have to say that as an AVID book buyer/reader and an Interior Designer, I actually quite like my books organized by color. I tend to remember my books by how they look and feel anyway, and can always seem to find my favorite editions when they are filed with their like spines. And, as a very-small homeowner, my shelves are way less chaotic this way. I also collect vintage pottery and have a lot of fun color blocking them as well!

Leith said...

Amen. The only thing worse is when they put them spine out.

Jill said...

As someone who actually reads the books on my shelves, this is impossible. No one has ever memorized what color the spine is on their books. How do you suppose he finds anything?

This is either just done for the photos or he has just admitted that he doesn't read. Either way it comes across as superficial and silly.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I totally agree with Chanda, you could not access a book quickly, and would throw off the aesthetic balance. #NotImpressed

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

no way in hell those 'styling tools' are every touched.

gmjl said...

I believe the biggest offense is the fact that he's not wearing socks.

Modern Country Lady said...

So bad on every level.From the see how clever I am pose to the colour coordinated nightmare of a book case.
Cripes!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh. I thought books were for reading. Now I see that they're actually to provide color block interest. Thanks, Raina!

Reggie Darling said...

Naughty!

Annie Smith said...

Is his name Roy G Biv?

Camilla said...

Its only that its messy that I dont feel the love for it!

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Oh, he is an amazing character it looks like. The bookcase? Hahahahahahah!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

i have to say...I like the color coding! I mean, you don't really want to fill that much of a book case with books you've actually READ anyway, do you???? Other cases would be styled with 1/2 the amount of books and other nick nacks. I know I'm going to get haters...I'm just saying. (Ps...I wouldn't personally have this look in my own home, but it's a look). hahahah. PS, I LOVE you Raina for always finding the kick ass-est photos. xoxo

Unknown said...

Yes, I do think this library takes a loathsome trend to the ultimate. Terrible for readers.
Why are shelves narrower below and higher in height above? To make it more difficult to lift out big heavy books? Oh wait, no one can actually use the books.
I have books that I have read, read again, and try to create a pleasant meander meant for the eyes and the mind in a bookshelf.
Just last weekend a house guest said, "That book (How to Wrap Five More Eggs)is magic." Bought the book in the 70s. Never to be found by anyone again if it was buried in a daft color coding system.
It offends me intellectually to devise a system that uses color coding improperly and defeats the purpose of acquiring and using books. Ugh.
It also has that special Martha Stewart quality of making anyone with less feel they must be inferior. Collecting just to collect. Whoever has the most wins. There is no artistry in this. It seems to be the postmodern stepchild of those fake bookcovers that were used to stock up empty shelves by ambitious designers in decades past.
Thank you for being cranky.

Divad Kram said...

... and I thought I was the only one who referenced books by jacket colour... http://blog.divadandkram.co.uk/

home before dark said...

I stand with the cranky Unknown above. I have bookcases in every room except the bathrooms. My books are arranged by where I like to read what and spines out to the world, please.

Books, to me are totems of my past. I like seeing them, remembering them rereading them. I like to see my college copy of Lolita (modern American novel course in 1970). It's a lurid looking paperback and sent my mother into shock and I love remember her saying, "If you are going to read porn, it would have been cheaper for to have stayed home and read books like that with your door shut."