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Go Beyond the Bookshelf With These Unique Book Displays

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Compliment your space and literary collection with these fresh display solutions

By Kaitlin Secord

Books are works of art, inside and out. Whether an avid collector, book-clubber or fickle reader, go beyond the bookshelf to display your favourite reads.

Designlines sought out some of the most unique book display solutions that to help you amplify your literary collection.

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Noro Stool

Toronto-based designer Chuma Asuzu’s Noro Stool is ideal for displaying your collection in small spaces. Nọrọ, the Igbo word for “stay”, is designed to “celebrate the objects that remain a part of our lives.” The stool can be assembled without nails and provides avid readers a place to enjoy their favourite reads. $180 from 313 Design Market.

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From designer Ron Arad for Kartell come the bookworm, a flexible wall-mounted bookshelf sure to be a conversation starter in any space. Marked by a series of bookend supports, the shelf creates an illusion of floating, toppling and gravity-defying books. This mind-bending book display comes in three different lengths, perfect for accommodating growing book collections. From $758.99 at Casa Living Design.

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Aimes Brass and Travertine Bookstand

For collectors of visual works, this travertine and brass book stand is ideal for displaying your collection. The honed white travertine creates a sturdy base and its unlacquered brass display will develop the patina of a vintage find overtime. $149.95 at CB2.


Conceal Shelf

Books in themselves are a work of art, so why not display them as such? The Conceal Shelf by Umbra create an illusion of floating books, letting your collection stand out while acting as functional wall décor. Available in two sizes. From $39.99 at Urbane.

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Takara Live Edge Wall Shelves

These natural teak shelves add a sense of elevated nature to your space. Made from natural reclaimed wood, their uniquely earthy look makes these bookshelves the perfect place to show off literary works about nature, fantasy, or eco-fiction. From $134 at West Elm.

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Primitive Bookshelf XS

Add a pop of colour to your collection with this vibrant bookshelf option. From Studio Nucleo for Qeeboo, the modular shelf has potential for a multitude of styling options, perfect for the maximalist book collector. $1,153.99 from Casa Living Design.

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Solis Wall Shelves

Looking to add a bit of interest to your space? The textural and structural aspects of this set of 4 wall shelves make them ideal for the modern yet minimal collector. Made from bent metal, the sleek design adds an air of sophistication to your bookshelf needs.  From $199.99 at Nirvana Home.

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